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Atlantic City’s Poor Endure Sandy Quietly, Humbly

Low-income residents of Atlantic City were hit hard by Superstorm Sandy, and many lost all they had.

Atlantic City after Sandy (Mario Tama, Getty Images)

More than two weeks later, many of the multibillion-dollar gambling resort’s poorest residents are enduring hardships like no heat or hot water, ruined clothing and lost possessions with quiet acceptance.

Rather than complaining about what they don’t have, many say they’re grateful for what still remains.

“It’s a blessing,” can be heard over and over in storm-tossed neighborhoods.

The Rev. Collins Days, of Second Baptist Church, says many of Atlantic City’s poor are used to hard times. Census figures show one in four of the city’s residents lives in poverty.

They struggle as the 12 casinos came through the storm unscathed, and try to lure back gamblers.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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