Over 2 years ago I moved from Staten Island, New York to the West Coast and this last week has been spent watching the news and constantly looking at Facebook for real live updates. Seeing my home town half under water and so many suffering brings tears across my face. It is so heartbreaking.
My family is all still living there. It was such a helpless feeling to not be able to get in touch…to see if they were ok. Thank God when some power returned, we were able to connect and confirm that they were ok. My brother, partner of Wedding Crowd, has his home and family on Staten Island. Luckily they are all safe now.
Through Facebook, I was able to connect to others. I was able to determine if the area my brother’s home is in was driveable. Through Facebook, a best friend of mine went to check in on my family. Through Facebook, I was able to direct my father how he can go get them out and bring them to warmth and safety.
Wow. Facebook has transformed into something so much more than I ever realized. When land lines and cell phones weren’t working, Facebook was still there. It became a road map for me and so many were so generous to help out. It has kept me informed when the news was not. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Facebook!
At this time for those living on the East, from what I understand, is a horror story. Looking at the events on TV and the internet makes it feels so surreal. It really is like watching a horror movie.
I am so deeply sad for so many people that I know (and don’t know) that have lost everything. I, like many out there, want to help in any way possible. I will be heading back East next weekend and am bringing a suitcase of donations with me. Some other ways to help that I have come across is to donate money. Here are some ideas:
- Text Redcross to 09999 to give $10 to the American Redcross Disaster relief.
I am also seeing that despite the amount of good out there, some people are taking advantage of the disaster by scamming people out of money for the cause. Because of this, be careful and research the foundation before giving money. Make sure your efforts will go to the cause.
I have also heard that more than 4,000 East Coast couples have had their weddings affected by the storm. I can’t imagine the heartache that these people are going through as we speak.
So if you are one of those couples out there, you should take a look at this video that gives insights to other couples dealing with the same thing right now:
It’s not easy for many to pick up their lives and resume like nothing happened, when the fact is that something huge happened. Work is resuming but gas is at a shortage for the people and people are in fear to wait in line for hours to be turned away or to get swept up in a fight at the pump.
People have lost their power, their food, their homes, their belongings and for many…tragically…they have lost loved ones.
At Wedding Crowd, we pray for all of you going through such a rough time in your life. We pray that relief comes sooner than expected and we pray that lives can begin to return to somewhat normal as so many wonderful people volunteer and help to make it that way.
We send our love and prayers your way.
If you have any other ideas on how we can help, please post them in the comments section below. We would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!
Until next time, Happy Planning Busy Brides.