Tell me that news stations in the rest of the country, actually the rest of the world, are just not reporting on the aftermath of the Hurricane Sandy. Tell me that and I swear I’ll feel better because I just can’t believe that people outside of my corner of the world could’ve watched what’s happening here and remained silent.
I’m a pretty plugged in gal. I’ve got Facebook and Twitter accounts, I read blogs, I keep up with things! Time after time again when tragedies strike I see those networking tools fill up with messages of encouragement, calls for donations and suggestions on how to help. It’s what I love most about social media. Yet right now New York and New Jersey are in a bad bad way and all I hear from the rest of the country is crickets.
My local Facebook friends, many of who grew up in The Rockaways and on the Jersey Shore, are doing an amazing job of getting their stories out there and self organizing to help victims, but the rest of the country seems to think it’s not their problem. Well that’s if they’re thinking about us at all.
In case you hadn’t heard people lost their homes and every single thing they own. Entire neighborhoods have been obliterated. Some people are lucky to still have homes, but haven’t had power for 5 days which means no hot showers, fridges full of food going bad and no heat as the temperatures dip in to the 30’s. A mother in Staten Island lost her 2 and 4 year old sons when they were literally swept out of her arms by a crushing wave. Their bodies were found days later and more victim’s bodies are being found as the cleanup continues.
Yeah things are really f’ing bad here. We need help and we need to spread the word outside of the affected areas. I am one of those annoying people who believes that most people are basically good and human beings yearn to help each other in times of crisis so please prove me right. If you have a Facebook account, Twitter account, a blog or any other social media tool start talking about what’s going on here in New York and New Jersey and encourage everyone you know to make a donation. Every little bit helps.
NBC News has a great link that you can share which lists organizations helping with the relief effort. Please open your hearts and your wallets so that the sounds of crickets I hear are quickly replaced with the sound of hammers as homes and lives are rebuilt.
And to those of who’ve already donated or have been paying attention/spreading the word: THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS!