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SOURCE: AP Television News

RESTRICTIONS: AP Television News Clients Only

DATELINE: January, 10, 2013

SHOTLIST:

1. Wide, gift card giveaway to families effected by Superstorm Sandy

2. Close, person signing for their gift card

3. Close, envelopes of gift cards

4. Close, opening letter containing a gift card

5. SOUNDBITE: Debbie Torres, gift card recipient :

"I am so, so overwhelmed and so over joyed cause this is such a help to my little son, who is emotionally challenged, and he's lost everything. And with the help of this whole community we've managed to come out of it, slowly."

6. Wide, line of people waiting to get their gift card

7. Close, low angel of person talking to the volunteers

8. Wide, person talking to a volunteer

9. Wide, people at tables signing for their gift cards

10. SOUNDBITE:

" This will fill in that little gap that you know for the late bills, and stuff like that. You know, it's been tremendous what Sandy has done to us, but this gives us a little more hope."

11. Wide, people in line to get their gift cards

12. Close, women getting her gift card

13. SOUNDBITE: Howard Lutnick, CEO Cantor Fitzgerald :

" Putting money directly in the hands of families that have been deeply affected by tragedy or destruction is really the nicest thing you could do to that family. We took care of our families after 9/11, and we know how devastated these families have been because of Superstorm Sandy so we are here trying to help."

14. Wide, pan from sign to line

15. Close, women signing for gift card

Storyline :

A fund started by a company that lost more employees than any other on 9/11 is helping families that were affected by Superstorm Sandy.

The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief fund is giving families at nineteen schools in eight communities in New York and New Jersey they feel were hardest hit by the October 2012 storm a gift card worth $1,000.

The families are free to use the money however they feel it will best help.

Debbie Torres from Far Rockaway in New York spoke through tears describing how the money will help her family.

"I am so, so overwhelmed and so over joyed cause this is such a help to my little son," an emotional Torres said.

The CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, said that putting money directly in the hands of those who need it is a lesson learned from 9/11.

"We took care of our families after 9/11, and we know how devastated these families have been because of Superstorm Sandy so we are here trying to help," Lutnick said.

Thursday's gift card give away kicked off in the New York community of Far Rockaway.

Cantor will be going to schools in Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Long Island and New Jersey in the coming days.

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