RE/MAX Innovations, his company, was about to open a new office in Long Beach at 120 West Park Avenue but the place was damaged in the hurricane.
According to Murphy, they had just finished working and installing their phone system to be ready to open their doors on November 1, when the hurricane struck.
Murphy started by helping to clean victims homes and drag out wet furniture to dry off when he came to the realization that much more volunteers would be needed to accomplish all the work and the area needed a larger cleanup scale.
David Spiegel, the owner and broker of RE/MAX Innovations, give his blessing and Murphy opened a Facebook page, which by now has found thousands of followers and many people started offering their help to the hurricane victims.
Murphy said that they wanted to help out all the people whose homes were destroyed. People didn’t have any electricity, no clean water, no plumbing. Many homeowners had lost everything in their homes, including their carpeting, furniture, sheet rock and all the rest.
Murphy himself lives at 370 West Broadway in Lafayette Terrace and his home was also damaged by the hurricane, he has been living at his mothers home in Rocville Centre ever since. Murphy said that a number of volunteers including some Molloy College baseball team members will start assisting victims on Friday noon.
He explained also that after cleaning all the homes, fresh supplies will be needed, like sheet rock that should be installed in many of the damaged homes.
In Wantagh and Long Beach, David Spiegel kept his offices open to provide hurricane relief by providing coffee, donuts, Internet connection with laptops and computers, TV access and phone service to his employees and also community members. He has also provided supplies like gloves, shovels and garbage bags to help in cleaning up damages caused by Sandy. He also had a phone number set up, (516) 292-7347 to help local businesses who are left without communications. Using this number, RE/MAX Innovations relays their business calls to them.
According to Murphy, his friends from Nike and Converse have also gathered some of their employees to volunteer in cleaning up, they have also donated Home Depot gift card so that residents could rebuild their homes.
Volunteer efforts have spread wide and far, it is heart touching that even an 11 year old schoolgirl from Connecticut gave $198 that she earned from her hot cocoa stand as a donation since she has been spending her summer vacations in the area. This has made other people from the are to make their donations as well. People of Connecticut sent 2 U-Haul trucks full of supplies.
The Facebook page also gives homeowners and volunteers an opportunity to communicate in a forum where they can ask questions, thank those who help, share experiences or ask specific donations.
Besides gathering volunteers and collecting supplies, Murphy is also looking to determine the victims who need the most help.