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Atlantic City's Poor Endure Storm Quietly, Humbly

"I've been in a mess for two weeks," she said. "That green stuff, what do you call it? Mold! Mold is all over the place. But I have no place else to go."

She said the Red Cross truck was her only source of food in recent days, adding she was grateful for it.

Josephine Parker was lavish in her praise for the Red Cross volunteers. She had no heat or electricity for several days after the storm and lost all the food in her refrigerator.

"Bless you! May God and all the angels bless you," she told Ellen Foreman, a Red Cross volunteer from Panama City, Fla., driving one of many out-of-state disaster response vehicles that were helping to feed Atlantic City's hungry two weeks after Sandy roared through.

"They gave us blankets and food," Parker said. "I can't say how much I appreciate that."

The casinos have ponied up several hundred thousand dollars for storm victims, which include many of their own workers. Four of the casinos took a group of storm victims to a Philadelphia 76ers game a few days ago.

And although the casinos' business is badly hurting since the storm â¿¿ some said business fell by 50 percent in the first week after they reopened â¿¿ the resorts are looking to the future with an ad campaign emphasizing that Sandy did not hurt the casinos or the Boardwalk next to them.

On Wednesday, work began on the $35 million Margaritaville entertainment complex at Resorts Casino Hotel, something the casino's president called a vote of confidence in Atlantic City's future.

Eddie Santiago's future is less clear. He was hauling debris from the alley next to a friend's damaged apartment that was literally in Revel's shadow and asked a passer-by about a rumor that out-of-state companies were sending recruiting trucks into Atlantic City to help find laborers.

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