Nelida and Angel Veledo have waited at a Hess station in Gowanus, Brooklyn, every morning since Sandy walloped the region. On some days, that can mean waiting in line more than four hours.
"We need to drive to help our family," said Nelida, 42, of Bushwick. Two members of her family lost their homes during Hurricane Sandy.
Angel's sister in Far Rockaway barely escaped her house with her daughter, who is seven months pregnant. Nelida's daughter-in-law and grandson's home in Bay Parkway was also destroyed.
They are all now temporarily living with family in Bay Ridge. Each day, Nelida and Angel drive to visit them, bringing food and supplies.
"We're trying to take it one day—no, not even one minute—one moment at a time," Nelida said.