Last week Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the East Coast causing loss of life, destruction, massive electricity outages, and misplaced victims of the storm.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of our East Coast friends and family affected by Hurricane Sandy. We know that it’s not just the initial striking of the hurricane that is troublesome- it’s the aftermath of the storm and the recovery process that are difficult as victims attempt to get their lives back together and return to some normalcy. Things we take for granted everyday, basic necessities– food, water, a place to sleep, the warmth and comfort that heating and shelter provide, as well as fuel for our vehicles and the option of public transportation become much more precious during natural disasters as Hurricane Sandy when they are not always readily available. There’s also the inability to communicate with friends and family when charging a cellphone can be a challenge, much less connecting to the Internet or watching the news. Often it is those affected by the storm that are left in the dark, literally, and the feeling can be daunting.
People working together, neighbors lending a helping a hand, and acts of kindness such as the New York marathon runners already in town for a now cancelled marathon deciding to stay and help pass out Water Bottles, baby supplies, or clean up trash make a huge difference and give those suffering a glimmer of hope. It’s a simple gesture, but a powerful one that shows the importance of placing your personal goals aside for the betterment of others. The road to recovery is a long one. We are reminded by our experiences in 2009 during Hurricane Ike that ravaged the Houston-Galveston area that “This too shall pass”.
We would like to invite and encourage you to donate to the Red Cross today to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.