I recently had the privilege of being part of a team of men that volunteered to head to Toms River New Jersey to help out with recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. I commend each of the volunteers that gave of themselves and offered their time and talent to help others in their time of need. I also salute and thank North Carolina Baptist Men for organizing this initiative and allowing us to serve as a part of their disaster relief efforts. The damage that we witnessed while in Toms River was devastating. Many of the residents that live there lost everything. This one home in particular to which our team was assigned, required that we gut-out the entire home. The water damage was so bad that very few items in the home were able to be salvaged, including most of the foundational elements like the sheet rock, the insulation, the flooring, the tiles, the paneling, etc. We had to remove everything out of the home and strip it down to its basic structural components of footings, beams, stem walls, ceiling, plumbing and outer elements. We had to remove all the tiling and flooring in order to get to the floor boards beneath to assess the water damage and determine if it were salvageable. If the floor boards were not completely molded, mildewed or destroyed from the water damage, then we could treat it and allow it to dry and the home could be restored on the existing structure. ..