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MARGATE – New Jersey’s favorite elephant survived Hurricane Sandy, and a commemorative T-shirt is expected to fund repairs for damages sustained during the storm.

Lucy the Elephant opened Saturday, Nov. 10 after a two-week shutdown that started when the Oct. 29 storm knocked out power and deposited sand and debris at the site.

Damage estimates exceed $70,000 to fix the flooring inside Lucy’s back legs, the beach grill and the grounds around the national historic landmark.

To help fund the repairs, an “I survived Sandy” long-sleeved T-shirt is being sold for $20. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross for the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Fund. The shirt can be purchased at the gift shop and at Size availability is guaranteed on shirts ordered by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21.

Richard Helfant, executive director of Lucy the Elephant, said a small army of volunteers helped clean up after the storm.

“We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support from Lucy’s Facebook friends; some came from more than an hour away to help” Helfant said in a news release.

While damage to the elephant was limited, destruction to the I Love Lucy Beach Grille and the grounds was significant.

“Lucy was very fortunate to have come through it virtually unscathed. Donating a portion of the proceeds from the T-shirt is our way of giving back to our community,” Helfant said. 

Lucy is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends at 9200 Atlantic Ave., Margate. Lucy will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.  See and @elephantlucy on Twitter.

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