Happy Thanksgiving. This is an appeal for two special families who lost everything during Sandy. We invite you to donate through our paypal— we can accept any amount over $10, and will pass everything directly to these wonderful people.
Please read on for more about who they are and what they are dealing with. First though, a bit about what we have to be thankful for. So, so much, but specifically as it relates to Sandy– Deborah, me, our whole family– fine. Every one of us lost power– we are spread across New York and New Jersey– and everyone was inconvenienced and everyone was safe and cared for. We all had the use of our gas stoves and we all had plumbing. I left my cat under my neighbor’s care and went and stayed with a good friend; George and I watched a lot of TV and feasted like only a hurricane warrants.
Not everyone was so lucky. We are looking to help out two families. Please forgive any confusion caused by lack of proper names– it made sense to not use names, but I promise you this is very, very personal.
This couple lives on Long Island. They had three hours to evacuate– they grabbed computers, documents, and as many basics as they could think of– mostly for their 3 year old son– and left. Their house was flooded and they lost everything. It will be another 3-4 weeks before they can move back in. Their online truck insurance quote only covers the house itself; none of the contents. They are entrepreneurs, and also lost their home office. These are people who give of themselves as much as anyone I’ve ever known, always involved in community. And right now they are low on cash and clothing.
Two Thanksgivings ago my mom was out of the country (she promised never to do that again!) and I was graciously invited to spend the day with the family of one of my best friends– George, who took me in when I lost power. This lovely family lost their home in the storm– George’s aunt, uncle and cousin were trapped inside their house in four feet of water until they were rescued through a window. The house is, for all intents and purposes, gone.
Again, all donations we receive will go directly to these families, period.
We are thankful for so much today, including this platform– a megaphone, if you will– to provide help.
We thank you.