Hurricane Sandy landed cruel and relentless blows to New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, leaving the lives of millions of people torn asunder. The scenes attest to a weather-related catastrophe not before seen in that part of the country. Elected officials pleaded for those in the path of the storm to evacuate. Some stayed put. Others left their homes. Many prayed the storm would veer away from where they lived. Afterwards, they huddled together homeless and hurting. OUR MEMORIES OF HURRICANE KATRINA ARE AWAKENED AND WE KNOW RECOVERY WILL BE LONG AND GRUELING, TAKING YEARS NOT WEEKS OR MONTHS. Even so, recovery will happen.
Those of us in parts of the country not suffering a direct hit of Hurricane Sandy watch with a sense of helplessness as fellow Americans suffer unimaginable pain. “Not suffering a direct hit” is the phrase to explore. No matter how far away we live from New Jersey, New York or Connecticut, we are drawn close into Sandy’s impact because fellow citizens, perhaps family and friends, are in real trouble and need to know we are there for them. We are drawn into Sandy’s impact simply because we care.
There will be increasing numbers of employers, churches, neighborhoods, associations and individuals organizing assistance drives. CHIP IN WHERE YOU FIT IN. DO SOMETHING! GIVE MORE THAN YOU THINK YOU CAN GIVE OF YOUR TIME, TALENTS AND MONEY.
If you feel disconnected from all of this hurricane stuff, wake up! Continue Reading