Mike Ostrowsky filled his car to the brim and set out for Hoboken. He knew it was bad. Still, he was shocked to see what the city looked like days after Hurricane Sandy ripped .
"It was incredible," he said. "I couldn't believe what I was seeing."
Residents were trapped in flooded apartments. Power was out and food was in short supply. The National Guard had to be called in to save lives.
Ostrowski and the crew from East Coast Burger arrived at Wallace Elementary School on Sunday. Hundreds were lined up in cots along the gymnasium.
The East Coast Burger crew cooked up several hundred burgers for residents, many of whom who had not had a hot meal in days. They returned to Bergen County with empty cars.
Ostrowski's efforts are not yet complete.
He has designated the Ridgewood restaurant as a drop-off center for items bound to help storm victims in Queens, Shore Points and Hoboken.
Clothes, canned goods, blankets, non-perishable items can be brought to 75 Franklin Avenue from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
"I just hope that anybody who has the ability to help, helps," he said.