As a New Jersey resident I was directly affected by the super storm hurricane Sandy that hit our shores October 26, 2012. Although I do not live near the beaches, my heart is still broken due to the horrible damage caused by the storm.
These days watching the news is like watching a very sad movie. It almost seems surreal to see so many lives affected by one single act of nature.
There is a town called Seaside Heights that is very popular among vacationers and residents that features a boardwalk, amusement park and many store fronts. Although this attraction had been around for our enjoyment for many years, Sandy wiped it all away. Although I did lose power for a week and suffered damage to my home, I am not complaining. Instead of spending my time worrying about my losses, I decided to focus on helping those in need in any way that I could.
I have very close friends that are donating their time to help others shovel sand and debris out of their homes.Due to my heart disease I am unable to physically get out and help pump water or repair damages; however, there are many other things that I can do to help.
Donating money to the American Red Cross is a great place to start. They are one of the best organizations to help those in need. Not only do they provide food, shelter, and clothing, they also ensure that people with chronic medical conditions are able to get the medication and support that is needed during times like this.
Whether or not you'll be able to access or afford live-saving medications is something no one should have to worry about, especially after suffering such a devestating event--many people lost entire homes, even more went without power or heat, and tragically, dozens of lives were claimed by Sandy.
We are fortunate to live in this great county that stands strong during hard times. When I see how many people are willing to give their time and money to help complete strangers, while asking nothing in return, I remember why this is the greatest country on earth.