Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Helping After Hurricane Sandy

After power was restored and we were able to see the horrific news of so much devastation so close to our own homes, we wanted so badly to do something to help.  I scoured the Internet looking for places we could volunteer our time and services but it was very difficult to find a good source and place to go.  I decided one thing that I could do was to offer 25% of all of my sales from Little Acorn Learning to the American Red Cross for the month of November.  I feel good about this decision.  It will take some income away from our family but others need it much much more right now.  We have heat, food, lights, warmth... a home.  If I could not give to others at a time of need so great as this, I do not deserve the abundance that I have been given in this life.  

Then one of my amazing daycare moms organized a Brown Bag Lunch drive for residents of Breezy Point who are just suffering so badly right now and it will be months before many of them will see heat or power at all.  We were so excited to be able to do something tangible to help.
 The girls and I worked hard to fill 21 brown paper bags with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, apples, chocolate chip cookies and V-8 juice for those in need.  
 We also wrote special cards to people who are struggling to survive in this freezing cold right now...
 And then we delivered our meals to the drop-off site...
 When we arrived we could not BELIEVE our eyes.  The amount of food and support that poured in from our amazing community was mind-blowing.  
 Mothers and fathers and grandparents spent their entire Saturday packing lunches and gathering supplies...
 One by one, they kept coming and delivering food...
Children were next to their parents, understanding that something very bad happened but now THEY could do something very good to make a difference..
It was so extremely beautiful... I think everyone who walked away had tears in their eyes... 
 It made me realize that as much bad as there may be in our world each day... as worried as we may be for our children, our future..... 
 There truly truly is so much more GOOD.  
 There is hope... people are truly good and they want to help.  They care about others and they can be depended upon when help is needed.  This gives me so much hope for our future... and fills my heart with gratitude.  
There was so much food that they had to rent a UHaul to get it down to Breezy Point.  2500 peanut butter sandwiches and hundreds of other supplies.... all passed out and used up before night's end that evening.  That's how great the need was.  
If you are looking for something to do to help, please consider donating blood to the American Red Cross as the hurricane has cancelled many blood drives and there is a huge shortage.  You can also send them a donation to help with Hurricane Sandy relief.  

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