A couple of weeks ago, it wouldn't have been possible to see the floor inside this American Legion hall in Broad Channel Queens, let alone be able to mop it.
Lead volunteer Etienne David Adorn told Pix11's Jay Dow, "There was also at least a foot of mud in here that they had to hose out. So what you're seeing right now is post major cleanup, days and days."
There's a reason for the spirited cleanup - and it has everything to do with being ready to serve hundreds of families a warm Thanksgiving meal in their time of need.
Make no mistake, the need is great.
In Broad Channel and the neighboring communities of Howard Beach and the Rockaways, several generations of families lost entire homes in the storm.
"There are organizations out there giving free turkeys to people. But how are they going to cook them if they don't have gas. How are they going to be able to serve them if they don't' have cutlery and plates and everything else like that", Adorn said.
Kathy Guiseppone and her 14-year old twin sons are here now to volunteer.
They will return on Thanksgiving day to enjoy hot meals - donated by several organizations across the city.
"You can't thank people enough. You just can't," said Broad Channel resident Kathy Guiseppone.
To be clear, Thanksgiving dinner at the Guiseppone home - this year - was not an option.
"Everything's gone. It's gutted. Everything. Pictures, furniture, clothes, they lost everything", said Guiseppone.
It explains why the Chapel Creek Fellowship Church out of Ft. Worth Texas decided it was absolutely necessary to drive three trailers - through the night over the last three days - to *this* neighborhood.
"Disaster relief is a way to execute our mission in the world. It's part of what we do - we serve", pastor Keith day.
There will be Texas down home cooking in Queens, not for a few, but for the masses as in 2,000 people a day.
"The people of our church got together and converted this trailer into a cooking unit so that we could come out here and do this," said Pastor Day.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun