Hurricane Sandy Victims Still Need Help
UPDATE: Check out this great follow up on Superstorm Sandy, nine months later
- Superstorm Sandy: Nine Months Later
Many have forgotten about Superstorm Sandy...not those living along the coast in New York or New Jersey. Insurance claims not settled, remodeling or rebuilding not yet done...nine months later.
Hurricane Sandy has left a path of destruction unlike anything we have ever seen and millions of people are hurting. They are cold, wet, hungry, stranded, scared, and many have lost everything. Those that haven't lost everything will have to face the clean up process alone because resources will be stretched beyond what seems humanly possible. And it isn't over yet. It will be days yet before we know the full extent of what this storm has done. With damage on the coast from wind and rain, fires in the East, and heavy wet snows in the mountains, many will be hurting and we can help.
Reports continue to trickle in of possible natural gas leaks, hospitals being evacuated due to broken generators, whole blocks of homes burned to the ground, communication system failures, and flooding that continues to keep people stranded. We can only imagine the cost of the destruction or the fear that people are feeling from New York to Jamaica as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
Many of us write about being socially responsible. We write about human kindness. We write about being charitable and compassionate. We KNOW the power of words. Never have we been giver more of an opportunity to prove we believe our own words. Now...we need to make a difference!
My Personal Challenge
Each of us has an audience. It may be on hubpages or facebook, google +, or pinterest. We share some readers but we also have our own networks. I challenge everyone who reads this to use your voice and your network for a higher purpose.
I challenge you to write about some segment of the population affected by Hurricane Sandy and offer the readers some options for how to help.
I challenge you to write and disregard the normal issues of word count, SEO, pretty pictures, layout. Write from your heart and ask every reader of your work to do something to help. Can you imagine how many we can reach with our collective voice?
Will you rise to my challenge? Please?
I live in Virginia. We are the lucky ones. The storm did minor damage here but, many are without electricity and it is cold. Heavy snows have blanketed many areas while the trees were still heavy with leaves. Trees will continue to come down. The power companies will be stretched beyond their abilities. They will work around the clock, clearing roads of debris and risking their lives to restore power to those that are cold, hungry, and sitting in the dark.
What can you do?
- Thank the utility workers.
- Offer the utility workers a coffee or a thermos of hot soup.
- Check on elderly relatives or those living alone to make sure they are okay.
Flood, Fire, and Wind Victims
Many people arewaking up in shelters because their homes have been destroyed by flooding. fire, or wind. The clean up won't stop when the water goes down. That's when the mold starts growing. They will lose everything and some already have.
What can you do?
- Donate to the American Red Cross.
- Donate to God's Pit Crew. They will get supplies where they are needed.
- Donate to Gleaning For The World's Hurricane Sandy Relief Project
- Vounteer at a soup kitchen.
- Donate to the Salvation Army.
- Don't forget the pets. Donate to the Humane Society.
- Donate to Operation USA.
- Offer shelter to someone in need.
- Volunteer with Samaritan's Purse. They need volunteers to help rebuild communities.
These are all reputable charities who are doing good work.
Fire, EMS, and Police, are out on the front lines rescuing and keeping order. Don't forget them.
What can you do?
- Take food to the crew halls or police station.
- Say thank you.
Need ideas on how you can help? Check out the link below.
- Impact Your World - CNN.com
CNN provides a list of ways you can help.
Divided no more!
Human life is our priority now. We can put the politics that have divided us aside and join in this sea of humanity that has the power to reach across lines of political conviction, race, age, religious practice and become what we are best at - being real HUMAN beings.
Please, won't you use your voice to encourage others to get involved in the effort to restore dignity, safety, and security to those that have lost so much? Will you write a hub and provide some resources for your readers?
Will you rise to the occasion? Will you meet my challenge? Collectively, we can do more than any one of us can do alone. We have the power of words and unity. We CAN make a difference.
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Writers Who Rose to the Challenge
- by The Clean Life: Hurricane Sandy Destroys Long Beach Island
Long beach Island and all the barrier Islands along the coast of New Jersey will never look the same. Hurricane Sandy destroys Long Beach Island and so many other barrier Island along the Eastern Seaboard. The Atlantic Ocean has swallowed up not only
- by Gypse Rose Lee: When the Storm has Passed
Helping one another and uniting is important after the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy
- by FaithReaper: Lord, I Don't Know Where All This Is Going . . . And How It All Works Out;
When we do not have any answers during and in the aftermath of sheer devastation . . . what do we do . . . who do we turn to for answers, and are there any answers?
- by Tillsontitan: Helping During The Sandy Recovery
Tragedy and destruction have followed in the wake of Sandy. Communities and whole towns in New York and New Jersey have been wiped out leaving people homeless. What can you do to help? There are links here to sites that will give you information and
- by rcrumple: Joe Bonamassa: The Best Unknown Guitarist
Joe Bonamassa is one of the music industry's best kept secrets. Who is this teller of tales who weaves sounds of fantasy, rock, jazz and blues from the strings of his many guitars? What could you be mission out on?
- by born2care2001: Life and the Privilege of Friendship: The Simplest Act of Kindness
In the face of adversity and tragedy, a simple reminder that we are at the mercy of nature, yet we can decide to make each moment count, even if what counts seems so far away. Bring it closer you now by a simple act of kindness.
- by CloudExplorer: The aftermath of Frankenstorm Hurricane Sandy and recovery efforts
Hurricane Sandy was the worst natural disaster to have made impact in many years onto the East Coast, and this article covers details as to some of its damage and some useful resources for those in great need of recovery today. read more...
- by Ericidierker: Love and the Perfect Storm
No matter what action you end up taking -- take some action. In this balance of a world we live in, when there is harvest we should share, and when there is disaster we should share more. Just do what ever love tells you to do.
- by Shiningirish eyes: Witnessing the Wrath - Hurricane Sandy
The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and a poem of the experience.
- by billy buc (aka Bill Holland) How Can I Make A Difference? A Drop In The Ocean!
What can one person do? How can one person possibly make a difference? Find out as you read on!
- by bravewarrior: Hurricane Awareness - Why Is Mother Nature So Pissed Off?
When Mother Nature wreaks havoc we need to come to the aid who have been in her path. Offer a hand, a home, a blanket, a meal; offer to help mend their home. If you are not within physical proximity to help, send help via donations, clothing, buildin
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