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Helping During The Sandy Recovery
Some of Sandy's Damage
Whether you call it a superstorm or a hurricane, everyone has heard about "Sandy" and what destruction she has left behind. I got a call from a friend in Ireland asking if we were all okay, he'd seen Sandy and it's destruction on television there. Fellow hubber, IRC7815 challenged those in hubville;
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.
This is my acceptance of that challenge.
Whether a storm is called "a perfect storm" or a spawn of the devil, the results are the same, tragedy and destruction. Sandy left both. Those of us fortunate enough to have not lived through this devastation may not be able to understand what's left behind. We've heard the news reports, we've seen the TV specials and yet can we fully comprehend?
Fortunately, no one in my family was hurt by this storm and no lives lost. For this we are most grateful. However, there are those that have been touched by it. The opening photo is from my daughter's beach house in a town outside of Long Beach Island, NJ. Photos to the right are from her sister-in-law, in the same town but a block away. It is amazing how water lifts and drops refrigerators!
My daughter-in-law in Cranford area, NJ has been without electricity since the storm began and my son has been on active duty in Fort Hamilton since last Sunday night. My niece in Howard Beach, NY lost both her and her husband's cars due to flooding and while their basement is completely under water their house remains untouched except for the lack of electricity.
These are the lucky ones! These are the ones that have been touched and slightly damaged but left in a state they can recover from. What about the others? What about the ones whose homes are just gone! You can't rebuild something that is no longer there. These people have no home, no roof over their heads, no food....but more then that, everything they've built all their lives, everything they've accumulated, all their memories, have floated away.
Can we help? Most certainly. As much as we would all like to go to one of these devastated areas personally and hold hands and give hugs, it is not possible for all of us to do that. If you live close enough you can volunteer to help with the cleanup and recovery in one of the parks, particularly in a Bronx, Manhattan or Queens Park. NYCservice.org provides information and sign up sheets.
The United Way is looking for volunteers to go door to door in Coney Island both this weekend and Monday and Tuesday. Again, the sign up sheet can be found on the NYCservice.org site.
But, we can send hugs via our donations. The Red Cross is looking for donations to continue it's spread across southern New York State and New Jersey. Every dollar helps their effort. Redcross.org states the current need for volunteers has been met but asks that you check back as needs change quickly.
The Food Bank of New York City is looking for donations and has a webpage where you can make cash donations as well.
A coalition of volunteers from Occupy Wall Street has teamed with recovers.org to bring aid and relief. Located on the web at interoccupy.net/occupysandy/ you will find many ways to help. Donations are accepted. Volunteer work is being coordinated with pick up points for volunteers who need rides, shelter locations and a button for Help in New Jersey are all located on this web page.
Statenislandrecovers.org is another site for volunteers as well as recipients needing to get information about Staten Island...you can offer or request assistance directly from this site. Drop off locations for items such as blankets, flashlights, batteries, socks, towels, pet food, yard cleaning equipment and more are also listed on this site. Redhook.recovers.org is a similar site for the Red Hook area of Brooklyn. Both of these sites are secure beginning with https: rather than http:
The NYPD in Jamaica Queens is collection non-perishable food, clothing, canned good, trash bags, cleaning products and more. Money cannot be accepted. They are located at 110-100 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica, Queens.
Not to forget our friends, our pets, the Humane Society of the United States is asking for donations. Their FB page states; Please make a donation to our Disaster Relief Fund donating $10 by texting LOVE to 20222 (message & data rates apply).
I'm sure there's no need to tell you this is jut the tip of the iceberg and is a bit slanted toward my own state, New York. The Internet will provide you with many more opportunities to help. It makes me feel good to know that people are rallying and doing so quickly and efficiently to help each other.
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The National Guard of both New York and New Jersey have done wonderful things and provided assistance in areas we couldn't dream of. As with any disaster all the police departments and fire departments are putting in countless hours to help their neighbors.
This, however, is not the end but the beginning for these people. Now, without homes, they have to figure out how to put their lives together. Let's hope all the volunteers and well wishers stick around for the reconstruction.
Prayer is the most powerful tool of all so for those who cannot donate or volunteer they can certainly pray...for health, for help, and for hope. God Bless.