Hurricane Sandy came and kicked our butts in Long Island. Nassau county was hit on both shores- we’ve been without power since- I think you know the deal…
And My family is LUCKY!
Gorgeous majestic giant old trees are gone- pulled from their roots. The house I grew up in has a lot of damage…
But my dog is ok! My husband, my kids and I are safe, warm and too well fed at my sister’s house (she has a generator and an over the top generous nature!).
And yet I feel displaced, out of my routine, agitated and bored.
I am spoiled.
People have it so much worse than we do just 30 minutes away- on the other shore – in a lesser equipped community.
How dare I feel anything but grateful and thankful.
People lost their homes, their lives, their families, their livelihoods. I lost convenience and routine, temporarily.
I missed soul cycle 3 days.
I am spoiled.
Twitter is a remarkable medium for finding out what’s going on- especially without much Internet available right now- getting quick bits of information is essential.
It is also a fantastic medium for learning quickly who needs help: where and how we can give to others who need more. There is always someone who needs more!
And reading tweets from people like Mayor Cory Booker, Elvis Duran, Jill Martin, Caroline Manzo and many others working to give back and help those less fortunate who have been hit by Sandy way worse than we were hit is a NECESSARY example of how we all SHOULD be taking care of each other.
My sister and I took our girls in a heated gassed up car (the fuel shortage here is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced) to Far Rockaway Long Island- where my dad grew up many years ago-
We had the joy of bringing hot food, boots and warm clothing to crying babies, mothers and fathers.
And WE had the ability to leave this town with unbelievable destruction and not enough aid.
Trees and power lines down all over.
Very little support it seemed.
Gas lines with police presence lasting for more than a mile.
People who need help. Everyone’s help.
Hurricane Sandy brought real devastation to Staten Island, Long Island, Manhattan, the Jersey shore and various other parts of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.
Please find out how and where you can help. If you’re far away, start with the Red Cross. If you’re nearby, go to some places who are forever changed and help them rebuild.
We are one community of people. Or at least we should be.