As you may have noticed from yesterdays post, Sandy and it's path of destruction are weighing heavily on me. Perhaps it's because I have friends that have lived through it and are trying to get back to a semblance of normalcy and yet five days on are not making much progress.
Or maybe it is because each time I see the news reports I see the faces of agony, fear and dare I say hopelessness?
Could it be that I am overwhelmed because we live in America and we are supposed to be able to fix anything(and often try), and yet 5 days later, people who are without food and water are now eating garbage!!
Or could it be because this morning I saw photos of huge generators in Central Park to warm the NYC Marathon participants, and media. Or the images of two blocks of apples, pretzels, water and other food for marathon participants? The marathon FYI was to begin in Staten Island, just blocks from the area that was the hardest hit!
I might add that just across the water there is no generator to warm these people, no pretzels to snack on and no facilities.
Yes, yes, I know the marathon brings in $350 million dollars to the city. The people who have no food, no water, no heat (it is 40 degrees) and are getting thrown out of the hotels (where they are already being charged as much as 75% more than the day before the storm hit) to make room for the marathoners don't give a dam!
Thank God the voices of reason, or perhaps it is was outcry from around the world, made people realize that it was a
stupid, bad idea.
Someone is making it very difficult for me and perhaps more importantly the people who are the hardest hit to have HOPE!
I want to thank you all for your suggestions of organizations to donate money and goods. I have done that. But I feel like there is more I can do? I just do not know what.
I would love to know if you know of any clubs, churches or any other organization that is doing something to help.
In the meantime, to all those people that are suffering, bloggers, friends and strangers, I and so many others care about you and we are thinking of you, praying for your welfare and doing whatever we can to help.
Whatever you do...do not loose HOPE!
I hope you have a good weekend, and thank you for listening to me vent, rant and cry out from my soap box. I appreciate it.