Sunday, November 4, 2012

After the Media is Gone...

The destruction from hurricane Sandy has been honestly unimaginable to our state.  I think as we all emerged from our homes and returned to full function electrically, what was seen has been completely devastating.  Our county in New Jersey suffered little damage, but beyond this area most every other area of the state is suffering.  Last week through social media, my friends were generous enough to fill an entire SUV full of donations in two days time.  What amazed me was that no one even blinked,they just sprang to action.
Shown about boxes sent from cousin Sheena to help our neighbor's relatives here in New Jersey!

So what can you do for the victims?  Go through your home and give.

1.  Clothes:  Our closets are overfilled especially my own children's drawers thanks to the generosity of others.  Look for warm items, such as winter jackets, coats, jeans.  Be practical with what you give and think for the season.  If you have a stained top that does not work for you any more, it will not work for a hurricane victim.  If things need freshening then throw them in the wash, since the items will be delivered to people who may not have a power source much less access to a washing machine. Shoes that are practical and fresh.  You get the point no cocktail dresses and high heels. 
2.  New socks and underwear are basic and necessary, how about bras for the women too.  It may be easier to buy a few sports bras for now than to find a specific bra size.
3.  Pantry foods. I know we all have boxes of pasta, cans of soup,  and boxes of cereal that can be shared. Also pet food will be needed.
4. Blankets and towels.
5.  Cleaning Supplies- trash bags, work gloves, sponges, brooms, mops, buckets, disinfecting wipes, disinfectant cleaner.
6.  Toiletries- razors, shampoo, soap, baby wipes, diapers,tampons, toothpaste and tooth brushes.
7.  Gift cards.
8.  Donate to an organization such as UMCOR which donates 100% of the money collected directly to disaster victims.

Many other items are needed.  I have heard of people collecting formula, children's books, stuffed animals and toys.  I think we all have something in our home that is ready to be shared.

Other things you could do:
1.  Spread the word about donations being collected, please share this post.
2.  Pray for the families involved.
3.  Give Blood.
4.  Be thankful for the things you have today your home, your family, heat and a feeling of safety.

Have something to give but not sure where it should go, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will do my best to direct you. As my friend Heather said today in church, "We will help even after the media has gone."


  1. That's what is amazing about the American people - as we all might be divided with this upcoming election, when things like this happen - we are ONE!! God bless and I pray all will continue to heal in those areas.

  2. I agree that Americans definitely seem to be able to put their issues aside to help other Americans in need. That is one great thing about our country.
    This is a great list and a great reminder, that just because you don't see if all over the news anymore, doesn't mean it just disappeared. Thanks for sharing all the great information.

    Kelli Avery