Sharing What We Can After Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy Breezy Point

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So here we are on Friday ShareDay, nearly three weeks after Hurricane Sandy.

For those of you who are still dealing with the storm’s impact, please know you are not alone. We, your neighbors and friends, have sprung up to help you in whatever way we can. If you are in Long Island, my community, check out this crowdsourced map of opportunities to find help, and where to lend your resources.

There’s also this list of resources, care of Long Island Press.

At times like these, it may be embarrassing to ask for help. But if you have real needs, not asking is probably the worst thing you can do, because then the people who can help won’t know the best way how. And we want to help.

For those of us who are looking to lend a hand, don’t think your assistance needs to have the scale of some governmental agency (maybe a bad example here). Do what you can:

1. Check out what your local community needs and go do that. Don’t think you need to travel to that community you saw on the news; maybe the town one over from yours needs something that you can give.

2. Don’t think you have to blow $100 at Costco. Buy two cans of soup. A 3-pack of socks. Let’s get this done in lots of little pieces. Ever seen 100 pairs of socks in the same place? Right. Go be one of the 100.

3. Don’t stop. Active communities are thriving communities. There’s going to be a next time. Whether a hurricane, nor’easter or some other catastrophe, we’re going to face interruptions in power, gasoline and food. So once our recovery is done, let’s start preparing for the future, so that we – pardon the pun – won’t get fooled again.

Obviously it will be a long time – for some cases, months – before we are back to anything resembling normal. It’s up to those of us who have found our footing to now reach out and help those still looking for theirs. Do what you can.

Thank you and Happy Weekend.


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