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A popular Central New York restaurant known for its barbecue is reaching out to help people affected by Sandy. Volunteers from the Limp Lizard are heading down to New Jersey to help rescue workers and displaced homeowners. Our Brad Vivacqua reports.


ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Over the past few weeks, you've probably heard about community based agencies heading to areas in New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut to help people affected by Sandy.

While every effort counts, relief continues to be needed, and that's why Limp Lizard is reaching out in the best way it can.

Temperatures were barely above freezing Tuesday night, but volunteers had the grill fired up, cooking up pulled pork sandwiches, beans, and other sides. A group loaded up a few trucks with food and other supplies and is heading to Toms River, New Jersey, just outside of the hard hit coastal area. They were directed there by the New Jersey Department of Emergency Management and expect to feed rescue workers and displaced homeowners.

The idea came from Limp Lizard's owner Chuck Orlando, who felt it was necessary to help.

"It's just neighbors helping neighbors, and Chuck is always helping and supporting causes like this. And so it was Chuck's idea and we just brainstormed it together and people donated food, donated money, and here we are on our way down to New Jersey," said John Muldoon, PR Director for Limp Lizard.

The group was set to leave Syracuse around 2 a.m. Wednesday and will have enough pulled pork fixings to feed 2,500 people. A few other businesses also added some non-perishable food items and supplies as well to go down with the group.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a few suggestions if you'd like to help out with the relief efforts. Visit http://www.fema.gov/ to find out more.

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