I haven't written in AGES, I know. I kept saying, "Tomorrow, I'll have time. Tomorrow." A few months later, here we are. Today is not only Halloween, but it is also a day of recovery for us folks in the Northeast. There was flooding, downed trees, damaged homes, downed wires, lost power, cars that swept away, work that can't be done, but these things are nothing compared to the fact that my friends and family have escaped unscathed by the vicious and unforgiving Hurricane Sandy. Unfortunately, some of our neighbors weren't as lucky. Atlantic City is basically gone. Breezy Point, Queens have been burnt down. Houses have been blown away on Staten Island. And at a time like this...LOOTING in Coney Island. Disgusting. The list goes on. In all my life, I've never seen NYC like this.
What if there isn't a tomorrow? Please recognize the happiness this world has to offer and how quickly it can be taken away. Don't waste it.
If you're in the area, please take your time to volunteer and or donate. If you need help, please reach out!
Here's a few contacts and information that might help. Please stay safe everyone!
American Red Cross - Provides disaster relief
New York City Service - NYC Government collecting donations and volunteers. Email your name and which borough you can help in, to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Salvation Army - Provides disaster relief
New York Blood Center - donate blood and platelets
New York Cares - New York's largest volunteer organization
Food Bank for New York City - volunteer to help serve and distribute food or donate!
New Jersey 211 - links to NJ Hurricane response information
Federal Emergency Managing Agency