Taylor Zielinski via Crowdrise
November 04, 2012
I as one person, believe that it takes only one person to make a difference. One voice can change the world around us. So let’s band together for the Jersey Shore, Staten Island, and New York and show them that we care. That hundreds of voices and people care!
As all of you know, Hurricane Sandy destroyed the Jersey Shore, millions of dollars’ worth of damage. Thousands misplaced, houses lost, childhood memories lost. Children who have no home, no clothes, little hope that things will get better. Priceless photographs, memories destroyed. Thousands of people just walked out of their homes with the clothes on their back. Children who lost everything that they knew.
I got lucky during this storm. All my family was worried about were the trees behind our third floor condo falling into our home. But they didn’t. Other people weren’t lucky. Trees and water took their homes. We lost power that night, and didn’t get it back until Friday. I found myself complaining that we didn’t have any power. That I couldn’t do this and I couldn’t do that. How was I going to charge my phone!? But it hit me, at least I had something to go home too. A bed to sleep in and blankets and a jacket to keep me warm. I find that in times like this, I am selfish. So I took a step back and looked at it through the eyes of someone else my age who watched as their home where they might have spent 18 years in, get destroyed. I am lucky. I am lucky that all of my family members have homes still, that they are okay, that the only bad thing to happen to us was that we lost power. I cannot say the same for others in New Jersey and New York.
So please, help. Donate whatever you can, any little bit helps. If you cannot donate money, please see if there is any place in your area taking donations of blankets, jackets, clothes, baby clothes, dog food, cat food, blankets for animals. Baby food, diapers, wipes formula. ANY little helps.
United Airlines wrote -
Please join us to support Sandy relief.
We can all help support the American Red Cross in providing aid to those affected by Sandy. Join the relief efforts by donating to the American Red Cross, and we will reward your generosity by providing you with a one-time MileagePlus® mileage bonus. MileagePlus members who give $50-$99 USD will receive 250 bonus award miles, and those who contribute $100 USD or more will be rewarded with 500 bonus award miles. We are committed to awarding up to 5 million total MileagePlus miles to members for contributions made before November 30, 2012, to support this initiative.