Driving the images closer to home was the fact that her dad, Joel Dobrin, grew up in a Jersey shore beach community near the city of Long Branch that was inundated with water on Oct. 29, and his parents still live there.
Rachel Dobrin, a junior at Rio Mesa High School, was prompted to take action.
“I wanted to help the people. One day we were all watching it on the news, and it almost wasn’t real to him,” she said. “He saw all these places he went during his childhood and they were all destroyed.”