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Hurricane Sandy Victims Still Need Help

Updated on October 01, 2014
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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?

These are all reputable charities who are doing good work.

First Responders

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.

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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    Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

    As someone who sat in the path of this monster, I commend you and sincerely thank you for posting this much needed hub. Although we lost power for a bit and suffered wind and rain damage, it is nothing compared to most. We are fortunate for having ridden out this nightmare quite well but a short ride through our community shows horrendous evidence of the storms damaging impact. Having not fully recovered from Irene only multiplies the conditions. I will be doing my part as well as contributing my hub.

    Voting up and sharing

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Shiningirisheyes - I am glad you are okay and didn't sufere serious damage. The news this morning breaks my heart. I was lucky too. We didn't get anything close to what we could have gotten.

    This is a huge community and if each of us just did a little something, it could make such a difference. I hope everyone will. I ache for the people in New Jersey, New York, and on the coast in North Carolina.

    Thanks for being the first to respond. That makes you a first responder so - thank you! :-)

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    Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

    My brother called today telling me the benefit dinner being held for Irene's victims is now including Sandy as well. Many here in NY have been hit rather hard and I am blessed for not being one of them. I am heading out later today to pick up donated items from local business people are giving to an auction being held at the benefit dinner. Most of the people donating were the hardest hit and are still recovering from Irene. Just goes to show you how those who need it the most are always there to give it first.

    Every little bit helps.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    That's wonderful shiningirisheyes. You're right, it's People (the little people) that really make the difference. People like - YOU.

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Lovely work Linda; I love your community spirit. You have done so well with this list of ways to help, I'm not sure what I can add. I do have a hub coming out soon about making a difference...maybe I can fine tune it a bit to include your challenge. :) Great job my caring friend!...sharing!

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Your wish is my command....the hub will be out tomorrow. :)

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Oh Bill, you have such heart. You don't have to do anything different. Copy and paste some of my links. You have a much bigger audience than I do. My point was not to have everyone do something different but to get the word out to as many as possible. I know you'll do your part. I never doubted it. Thanks my friend. There's a lot more "uns" in the world today for us to focus on.

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    Linda, living in Florida since 1976, I've lived on constant alert. In fact, many Floridians blow hurricane warnings off because we live thru the hurricane season from June 1st to October 31st. The rest of the nation has summer and fall; we have hurricane season during those months. We have become complacent because it is a fact of our lives as Floridians.

    The hurricanes of recent years have taken a bizarre path. Those of you north of Florida have not had to deal with this type of catastrophic weather until recent years. Perhaps it's due to the erosion our state experiences thru each, leaving the rest of the east coast open for annihalation. That's how I see it scientifically. Spiritually, Mother Nature is just plain pissed off and is spreading her word!

    I will do my part to accept your challenge my friend. Having lived in the path of nature's wrath for quite a while, hopefully I have something to offer.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Shauna, we are spoiled here in the east and although we don't have the experience of dealing with these types of severe weather, we are resilient, as are most humans. You are right about Mother Nature. And she has every right to her anger. Still, it is so sad. Look at New York. All those people crammed into small space. Subways full of water, sewage, etc. Where do they begin? I just felt like with so many hubbers having dedicated readers, we could reach a lot of people and provide them with some ideas of how to help. Hubpages claims that thousands of people sign up for an account every day. Imagine if each of them has 20 followers that you and I don't have. The potential is huge to give people a way to help. Look at what facebook has been able to accomplish over time. We could do the same, or more.

    Thanks for being my friend and for surviving all those hurricanes.

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    Sweetheart, I haven't posted anything new in quite a while, but I am serious about your plea. I'm working on it right now. It may not be posted until tomorrow but I cannot ignore your plea. I'm working on my contribution right now! I've lived thru many hurricanes and have come to say 'yeah, so?' because it is so much a part of my life. That is not true for the souls who have been slammed and don't know what to do. I'm exercising my voice in answer to your plea. Stay tuned my dear, dear friend.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Shauna, HP may not like it but I don't care if it's pretty or only one paragraph. This sea of humanity here that calls it's people/writers can do something. I never doubted you would.

    Big HUGS!

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    Jane Peschel 4 years ago from Currently living in Franklin, Wisconsin

    Instead of writing a hub, I went directly to my Facebook friends and challenged them each to $50 to Red Cross asking them to "Flood" the victims with our love. I provided the direct link to Hurricane Sandy's Red Cross Collection site. Thanks for the suggestion. If each of us just do a little, we can help so much!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    jpesch1 - that's all that matters isn't it, that we all do something. Kudos to you!

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    I posted it moments ago, Linda. You put a fire under my butt!

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    Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

    Up, Useful, Awesome, Interesting, and shared with followers and on social networking sites.

    I will contribute what I can to helping the victims of Sandy. Thanks for the suggestions of good outfits to donate to.

    What is the homeless situation? Bad enough that people in the Midwest will need to organize to take in stranded east coast families for a few weeks or months, whether in private homes or public buildings?

    I'm unsure if I should write a Sandy hub, since I live far from its path and could only give second and third hand information. For sure I will share hubs like yours reporting on the situation and making practical suggestions on ways to help.

    Hubbers and their families may have additional networks through which to pool and distribute contributions -- schools and colleges; churches, mosques, synagogs, and such; fraternities and sosorities; Scouts; community service organizations, and so on.

    It's important to unite to help neighbors in need and also important to exercise the right and responsibility of citizens to vote on election day. Some Sandy victims may need assistance getting to their voting places.

    I suppose food banks in the path of Sandy will need food donations. Maybe an informal system could be set up to help with that. Like interstate trucking companies could put a basket of food on each truck heading that way and local food bank volunteers could pick up such baskets at local truck stops. People driving east on business or vacation could carry a box of food to donate in the car and drop it off in a hard-hit town at a supermarket taking food donations for local food banks.

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    Thank you for raising awareness. I understand the California masonic Lodges are already on top of this, working with Lodges in affected area serve their communities. We're getting faster!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Becky, thank you. Thank you for offering so many ideas. I don't think it matters where you live. We can all do a little to help out. The people in the east not only lost due to high water and wind but also fire. One whole section of a town in New Jersey burned to the ground due to orobable electrical wires being damaged by the storm. Firefighters couldn't get to the fire for hours due to the wind and high water. Eighty apartments in Manhatten burned down for the same reason. I think also of those in New York who depend on the subway to get to work. The subway system is flooded and damaged. It will be weeks or longer before those people can work again. So many need help. One charity I mentioned in my hub, God's Pit Crew, will be trucking food, water, clothing, etc. to many areas. Help can come from anywhere in the world. All it takes is people caring about people. Thank you for adding to the discussion.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    MH - that's awesome. No one can ever say the Masons don't help their neighbors, even those hat are on the other side of the country.

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    Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Linda,

    You have started an epidemic of positivism and good will in your maiden article... There is so much power in each of our collective actions.

    As I watch the news tonight, just having often our power back, I feel grateful, when folks in our town are still without power. Our town has postponed Halloween for safety until Saturday and our PECO is working diligently to restore power.

    Bless you for your kindness and awareness raising. Hugs, Maria

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Oh Maria, I am so glad that you are okay. The lack of electricity is a nuisace I know but the news just keeps sounding worse and worse with so many who have lost everything, some still stranded, and the dangers...omg...it's just horrible. I hope I did start an epidemic but I hope it's more than just positive attitude. I hope people will write, peoplewill hear, and people will DO SOMETHING. I pray that our community here will become a tidal wave of action. Thank you for letting us hear from you. Take care of yourself and your family and if you need something, tell us. We...are...family !

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    Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

    lrc7815 I am so glad you reminded people about the pets that are just as terrified as the humans who have had to weather this horrible storm. They too have lost their homes and their familiar surroundings. They will be cold and wet and hungry. I have donated to the Humane Society to help a little with this, and I sincerely hope that others will consider all the helpless little pet souls out there!

    Awesome reminder and challenge. Bravo! You are an amazing person.

    Pearl

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Pearl - I'm not amazing. Those people who have lost everything and are still couageously facing the day are amazing. It's easy to sit here with a roof over my hea and food in my pantry and beg people to help. I lost a house to fire some 30 years ago. At the time, I had 4 dogs and about 12 cats. All survived but it took me 5 days to find one of my kitties who was hiding in the rubble, too scared to come out. It was horrible. They are so innocent and all they want is to be loved. Thank you for thinking of them too and DOING something. You are awesome!

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    Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

    Linda - So this is the challenge you were talking about during your visit to my hub! I wish I'd have known earlier, I could have done more than I did. Really a worthwhile cause and a great hub. I'm honored to be included here. Great Job from a Great Person!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Rich. No regret. You did more without even knowing about the challenge than 93% of those who did. That's the way it is when people genuinely care. They do it without being asked. And, you thought about something many of us forget, that what people need during rough times is "something normal" and "something healing" and that....is music. Like I said...no regret. Thank you for reading though. :-)

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Linda, great to see so much of caring and support go around here for the people who have been affected. You did well to point out the various ways help can be forthcoming.

    Voting up and sharing wherever I can.

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    Walk in our neighbor's moccasins! Great hub filled with the love and action we all need. Volunteering anywhere along the eastern coast or places like State Island....just bringing food or new clothes that those who lost everything can choose from....of course, donations. Its not about SEO by LOVE. God Bless.

    Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting. Shared with my followers.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Rahan! Thanks so much for reading. I could not contain my feelings. This storm was headed right for my city and missed us. I feel so blessed that I had to use the tools I had to try to help. Thanks for sharing on your network.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello Mary! Thank you so much for our wonderful comment. I saw a story on the news last night of a woman who is totally blind but went to NY with her guide dog to help distribute food. That's a real love for human life. I was so touched by her giving heart and spirit. There will be many heroes that rise from the tragedy. I just hope and pray that this hub contributes to easing the suffering of even one. Thank you so, so much for sharing it. That's all I ever really hoped for was that it would spread. I graciously thank you.

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    Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

    This is awesome Linda,

    Thanks for always challenging us here with your great hubs and insight.

    I just published a hub, but it is still in pending status.

    Some great ministries who are helping and sending their Rapid Response Team to the affected areas are:

    www.billygraham.org/CrisisResponseTeam/

    www.samaritanspurse.org

    Voted Way Up

    In His Love, Faith Reaper

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Dear Faith, thank you. I will watch for your hub and add a link in this one. I did include Samaritan's Purse in this one but not the billygraham one. I'll add it when I add a link to your hub. Thanks for always taking me higher! Hugs!

    Linda

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    Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

    Linda, my heart goes out to all the victims of Hurricane Sandy I am so sorry I am just now seeing this hub... was about to sit down to dinner but will be sure to like, tweet and share this as much as possible and later on will try to do a hub about it. You are such a doll for doing this.. very, very thoughtful of you :)

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Jamie - no apology required. All things happen in their own and proper time. I just so hope that this hub sparks the generosity that is needed so desperately to help all those affected by this horror. Thank you for sharing it. That was my hope, that it would grow bigger and bigger and do more good along the way. Let me know if you write something so that I can add it here on this hub. :-)

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    Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

    Linda,

    I added more ministries that help victims of disasters that I had mentioned in comments on other hubs. Just wanted you to know of the update.

    In His Love, Faith Reaper

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Faith, that's wonderful. The link should pick up the updates. Thanks so much!!!!!

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Wonderful and meaningful hub. Well provided information. You did well and I will pass this on so that everyone gets a chance to help if they can. My prayers always with everyone being so far away. My hometown NYC got hit so hard that I sure wish I could be there pitching in and helping. God bless.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Gypsy, thank you! I appreciate you're reading this and sharing it too. I hope everyone who reads it will help in some way. If you still hve family in NYC, I hope they are all okay. It is so sad to see the destruction and tragedy.

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    molometer 4 years ago

    When we watched the TV news it was just amazing. How could this be happening in the US. .. Again?

    It has happened before of course with Katrina but it just seems to be happening a lot more lately.

    Why haven't the federal government sorted out the flood defences?

    I wrote a hub on flood management in the UK and the fact that the flood defences were inadequate. And that the local government keeps giving people permission to build houses on known flood plains.

    When it eventually floods as they will. These same people will wonder why?

    Good luck and hope things get sorted sooner rather than later.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello molometer. Thank you so much for stopping by to read this hub. It is all very sad and confusing, isn't it, that governments seem to just turn a blind eye? The average person learns their lessons but governments continue to think it won't happen again. But then, most participants in government are not there because they care about people. Most are there because they are trying to enlarge their already too big ego and to clear the way for their career path. In the meantime, millions of people suffer.

    Kudos to you for writing about it. I will visit your hub to see what you had to say. Until then, let me just say, thank you for caring.

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    Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

    Linda,

    Thanks for publishing this article.

    My brother was without electricity in his primary residence in New Jersey for many days.

    His summer home was on Ocean Avenue in Point Pleasant Beach...the small beach town where Hurricane Sandy first made landfall. I saw his street in news reports a few times, and then I had to stop watching the television news and reading online reports.

    My brother and his wife are safe. Their summer home was insured. The items lost were just stuff.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Daisy, this was such a horrible storm. I am so glad your brother ad his family are safe. The loss of so many people is just heartbreaking. Thank you for reading my hub.

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    Anil 4 years ago from Kerala

    Dear writer, I happened to here about the storm. I red it from the newspaper , I am an Indian. Now I can understood about the storm. Thank you.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello Anil and Honey. Thank you for reading about the storm. I am glad it helped you to understand better.

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    Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

    I hope you are successful Linda. I have seen its [Sandy's] savage destruction. So many in my neighborhood here on Long Island have been hard hit and many did not have flood insurance. None of us have ever seen a storm like this ever (not in a lifetime).

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Robin. Are you and your family ok? I keep posting this hub and it's still getting a fair amount of traffic so I hope that people are doing something. There is a group here in my area that I know is sending a truckload every week of baby things, clothes, housewares, etc. And they still have collection sites all over the city. From what I see on the news, even now, my heart breaks. I wish I hadn't lost my job because I would love to do more than I have. If I didn't need to be here looking for work (in order to get my unemployment), I'd be there doing something useful. Thanks for reading and commenting. Maybe someone will read your message who has a lot of money and wants to help. You never know.

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    Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

    Linda,

    I came back to read your terrific article another time. Thanks, once again, for writing it.

    I just received word about my brother's summer home on Ocean Avenue in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey...the town in which Hurricane Sandy first made landfall.

    The Manasquan River and the Atlantic Ocean met at my brother's home. There was five feet of water in the backyard. The interior of the home had to be gutted. All possessions were lost.

    The framing of the house is still there. The roof is intact. The sheetrock is gone. The house is basicallly a shell.

    My brother and his wife were insured. The home will be rebuilt...when, my brother doesn't know. The insurance company hasn't assessed the damage, hasn't been to the house.

    What was lost was only "stuff," but there were memories attached to that stuff.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Daisy, that is both good news and sad news. I am so sorry that your brother's home is so damaged and the memories, oh the memories. I hope people keep reading my hub and doing something. It seems to still be getting a fair amount of traffice outside of HP. Thanks for the update. I know that so many are still hurting.

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