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Evansville man continues to help Sandy victims in New Jersey

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Stan, by now, has become something of a celebrity in the area he's helping, but says all along, his only intention was to help out and make a difference. Stan, by now, has become something of a celebrity in the area he's helping, but says all along, his only intention was to help out and make a difference.

An Evansville man is now on his second trip to the east coast to help victims of Superstorm Sandy. 

In the past two weeks, he says the residents of Little Ferry, New Jersey have gone from being complete strangers to just like family.

Stan by now has become something of a celebrity in the area he's helping, but says all along, his only intention was to help out and make a difference.

Two weeks ago, Stan Gregory and his wife, Susan, watched on TV as Hurricane Sandy pounded the east coast.

"The next morning he woke up and he was just really in a bit of a fit and he said, 'I really want to go do something to help those folks,'" Susan said.

"I said, 'I have got, I feel like I need to help those people,' and she said, 'Well then I would suggest getting your bags packed,'" Stan said.

Instead of just talking about it, Stan loaded up some donated food and a grill and took off, ending up in Little Ferry, New Jersey. A town, he says, that had been under several feet of water.

Stan set up shop and says he fed 150 people that first day. 

But as word of his journey from Evansville spread, more and more people showed up.

"The police department, the second day, went up to stand and said, 'yeah, we've heard about you. The whole town is talking about you.'" said Lisa Wadel, a resident of Little Ferry.

Someone posted a YouTube video and the New York Daily News published an article. 

Wadel, who lives in Little Ferry, says Stan changed their town. 

"Our town was a town that everybody pretty much stayed to themselves, but this man came along to help all of us. We all band together, helped him, and we've honestly grown a sense of community," Wadel said.

"It's like I feel this negative energy, but when I get done with them, it's like they're smiling and feeling better. It's like an energizing effect," Stand told 14 News. 

"I think it's fantastic. I couldn't be more proud of him or more pleased with what he's doing. I think it's wonderful and I know this is what he's supposed to be doing," Susan said.

"My life will never be the same, period. None of ours," Stan said.

Stan guesses the group of people in Little Ferry he's been teaming up has fed between 3,500 and 4,000 people

Last night, he helped organize a benefit dinner for firefighters and ambulance crews. Now, they want to do a benefit concert. 

Stan says he's not sure when he'll be coming home.

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