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QUEENS, NEW YORK (PIX11)– Leni Calas is a lifelong queens resident.  She never thought she’d make it all the way to The White House.

“It’s an incredible honor,” said Calas

She has no idea how the Points of Light organization, a volunteer service organization, found out about what she did in the Rockaways after Hurricane Sandy.

She took in a stranger who lost everything, and that was just the beginning.

“She stayed with me for three weeks,” said Calas.

She gave out clothing and food to those who were hungry. She also set up medical clinics and go volunteer nurses.

Calas mobilized volunteers through her website, The Mamas Network, a network she founded to bring moms together when she saw there was no other outlet like it in Queens. She also enlisted her two young children ages four and 14 to pitch in and volunteer.

There’s been a lot of recovery, but there’s still work to be done in the Rockways.
People here say lives were saved by volunteers like Calas.

“Everybody needed help at the time, so it’s always good to have someone to lift you up,” said Rockaways resident Vernon Mann.

Will she go to The White House to receive her honor on Monday from the President?
She doesn’t know if she can with her commitments, but said she will certainly try to be there.


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