It’s been a year since Hurricane Sandy barreled into the East coast reeking havoc on our lives and causing devastation to a degree that most of us had never seen before.
We maintained power through a generator and had a houseful of about 30 friends and family as well as their pets for two weeks. We lost our heat after two days but we just wore our coats and wrapped ourselves in blankets. In the grand scheme of things we had it easy, no complaints here.
The day after Sandy, we set up a drop off point for food, clothing, and supplies at Lauren’s store, Cafface in Franklin Lakes. We put the message out, through social media, that we were collecting for Sandy victims and the response was incredible.
The girls gathered and bagged all the donations while the boys went out and made deliveries.They dropped off supplies to Hoboken, Staten Island, Rockaway, and the Jersey Shore. Big hugs to each and every one of you who helped us help those in need.
We received so many donations that we had to move the drop off point to a warehouse and with the help of Jersey Cares, a wonderful relief organization, we were able to deliver thousands of items all over New York and New Jersey in the days and weeks that followed Sandy.
I’ve posted some photo’s of Sandy through our eyes in my home during the storm and the days that followed along with some pics of the restored Seaside Boardwalk this past summer.
I still can’t believe something like this happened to us, we are a cocky bunch in the tri-state area, and we learned a very big lesson from Sandy. Yes, it can happen to you, and yes, you better be prepared.
There are many people out there still trying to rebuild and pick up the pieces of their life. I’ve attached a couple of organizations that dedicate themselves to just that, helping people rebuild their businesses and homes. Go check them out and pass on the info, thanks!
Text “STORM” to 50555 to give $10 to @RobinHoodNYC and help with ongoing #sandy relief efforts