We Will Recover. We Will Rebuild.
Blessed. Incredibly blessed. That is how I feel right now. Hurricane Sandy did not negatively impact my household. We had a small (and brief) water issue, but other than that, we were just fine. We celebrated Cuppy’s First Halloween. We watched too much tv. We gorged on candy.
I cannot say the same about my fellow New Jerseyans and New Yorkers. The images out of the Tri-State area and the Twitter and Facebook updates get overwhelming. You want to walk away. You don’t think you can help given the nature of the damage. Let me assure you that people are hurting here. We need your help — any help. We need you to donate funds. We need you to send basic necessities. We need you to just pray that this hell ends. People here do not have food, water, power and heat. Families have lost their homes to flood waters, fires and extensive tree damage. People are dead and missing. Don’t even get me started on the gas situation. Tempers are about to flare here if people do not receive help (for example: Life in the Rockaways).
The recovery isn’t about getting Snooki back down the shore for MTV, it’s about helping regular people. The people who work hard to build their homes and businesses, who love their family and who laugh and shake their heads at the Jersey Shore show as much as you and I do. This is the New Jersey that I’ve grown (albeit reluctantly) to love and the New York where I first learned how to live on my own.
There is so much you can do to help whether you’re a mile away or many miles away. Give your time, your talents and your treasures. Here are some suggestions:
– NYC Service
– New Jersey Service Options (Summary of Options, with links)
– American Red Cross
– The Community Food Bank of New Jersey
– The Humane Society of the United States
That $10 you would put toward this week’s pizza or to see a movie could go a long way to help those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Don’t forget about the smaller scale operations, who need support! Here are some suggestions:
– Like New Jersey Needs on Facebook to connect with smaller shops who need assistance during this time with the recovery effort. Page has everything from helping a local church to helping the rescue and utility workers – you name it. The FB page is not a charity, rather a central board to connect you with small shops.
– St. Hubert’s Animal Rescue Center — This animal shelter is without power, but they are still servicing animals. This remarkable organization helped Mr. Happy many moons ago with his behavior issues, so I feel personally vested in helping this organization.
Give Later. Organizations, agencies and houses of worship will certainly need help later. So look to donate goods, etc. down the road to ensure continued support for the recovery efforts, especially if your resources are tight with the holidays.
Social Media and the Road to Recovery. Facebook and Twitter continue to keep me informed of the recovery efforts and ways I can help. For New Jerseyans, be sure you are following Governor Christie & Mayor Booker on Twitter. I follow the local “patch” websites for the areas surrounding me. On the New York side, be sure you are following Governor Como, Mayor Bloomberg and the news outlets. Fellow mom bloggers have been awesome in keeping me in the know. For example, check out: SweetInSAHMnity and MommyinNJ
Tomorrow, I will return to humor and fun. Today, I thank you all for considering giving a bit of yourself to help my home state of New York and my new home state of New Jersey. For those suffering through this recovery, know that the S Family is praying for you and are trying to help.
Fist Pumps for Recovery.