One group that knows what it's like to go through a disaster is in the city helping New Yorkers recover from Sandy.
A team from the Japanese organization Peace Boat Disaster Relief Project was in the Rockaways Tuesday helping clean out a damaged home.
Peace Boat helped Japan recover from last year's devastating earthquake and tsunami and decided it wanted to help here.
Joining the effort was a survivor of the tsunami and a Florida man who volunteered in Japan after the disaster.
Organizers said it's all about paying it forward.
"We are not very many of us. There's only eight of us," said Yuki Naito of Peace Boat. "But we wanted to show not only our thank you to the people in the U.S., but at the same time, carrying the message that they're not alone. We are here to support."
Peace Boat volunteers will be here until the middle of December.