I live here on Long Island and have just been absolutely emotionally devastated by the damage Hurricane Sandy has done to our community.
We were without power for a week but we were the lucky ones. A lot of huge trees fell but they all missed our house–some by a matter of inches but close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and hurricane-blown trees, apparently.
So many have lost their homes to flood, wind, and rain. The power outage and a personal loss kept me from writing about the experience earlier but now I have a way to help that I want to share.
You (or a group) can adopt a family on Long Island who has been devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
Family to Family has agreed to lend their expertise in matching donors with families in need and Volunteer 4 Long Island is using their knowledge of the region to identify families in need who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.
So many of our neighbors are displaced–they’ve lost everything to flood, wind, and fire damage. They need a little help to keep their families going through this natural disaster. Together we can rise above the hardship and rebuild our communities.
If as an individual or with a group you are able to adopt a family, please sign up to adopt a family affected by Hurricane Sandy at Family-to-Family. You will receive a confirmation e-mail. Once you receive the e-mail, please reply and specify you want to adopt a family on Long Island. Otherwise, you will be added to the general donor pool–and this is a long list of potential donors, a fact that somewhat renews my faith in humanity.
You will also find information on their page about cash donations, sending items to partner charities throughout New York City, and using their Amazon Store to send needed items to partners in New York City.
Even if you are struggling yourself and cannot adopt a family, would you please share this post and post it anywhere you are able?