By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN
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(CNN) – They were stored in boxes on shelves in basements, hanging in frames on dining room walls, standing on coffee tables and book shelves in living rooms. Thousands upon thousands of treasured family photos were badly damaged by flood waters from Superstorm Sandy.
An army of volunteers across the country and around the world are working to restore the pictures to the way they looked before the storm.
[:52] “We are digitally repairing these photographs and restoring them to make them look like new so that these negative memories from that unfortunate day are turned into happy ones again,” said Lee Kelly, founder of the volunteer organization Care for Sandy.
[3:15] “You can never underestimate the most seemingly insignificant photo for someone, the memory it can hold for someone, and just the value people put on their photos," said professional photo retoucher and volunteer Becci Munson. "I don’t think people realize that value until they lose them all.”