People walk past a closed business affected by Hurricane Sandy in the heavily damaged South Street Seaport in New York City in December. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Mourners put decorations on a Christmas tree, part of a memorial in Newtown, Conn. Holiday greetings, toys and cards have flowed into the town, and some residents say the community feels closer-knit since the shooting. Zhang Chuanshi /Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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Each FEMA-registered family with kids can pick out toys at the volunteer-run Staten Island store. Margot Adler/NPR hide caption

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Ken Chaya created a map that charts every single tree in New York's Central Park. He stands next to one of the thousands of trees uprooted by Sandy. Margot Adler/NPR hide caption

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