Macy’s gives 5,000 Thanksgiving parade tickets to Hurricane Sandy victims

Macy's department store in New York City.

NEW YORK - Macy’s announced on Saturday it will donate 5,000 Thanksgiving Day parade tickets to those in neighborhoods hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy.

The Los Angeles Times reported the parade’s balloons, which are stored in Moonachie, New Jersey, were not affected by the storm, despite the fact the area near it was hard-hit by flooding and power outages.

Kermit the Frog, Hello Kitty and numerous other giant balloons and floats went unscathed and will be making an appearance this year at New York City's traditional Thanksgiving Day parade.

The annual event comes as the New York and New Jersey area struggle to rebuild after the devastating storm which has left thousands still without homes.

Officials said Macy's will also provide those families awarded tickets transportation to the parade, AccuWeather reported.

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