Saturday, November 3, 2012

Isn’t It Strange?

I’m sure I’m not the only one glued to the TV this week, watching the news on Sandy. The news, of course, has gone from bad to worse, and I have a sinking feeling the worst is yet to come as the full extent of the damage and loss has yet to be determined.

It just breaks my heart seeing the devastation, hearing the reports, and knowing I have good friends in the midst of it all (they’re safe, thankfully!).

One thing that has really struck me is how strange it feels...being normal. Acting normally. Here in the Midwest, nothing has changed for me, not really. Which is a blessing, for sure, but I’m left with this overwhelming sense of helplessness. And of feeling guilty, too, when I have so much and there are so many who have lost everything.

Even though I’m not there physically, there are things I can do. Send not only prayers and good thoughts but also notes of support. And donate to help those in need. I imagine every little bit helps in situations like this. And I’m really hoping that one day soon everyone affected by this hurricane will start to feel normal soon...

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Anonymous said...

I am in New Hampshire not far from the pure devastation of NYC an NJ...and I too have a feeling of guilt that all is well here. I did do the tesxt thing and donate my $10 but somehow it just doesn't seem like enough.

Kristin said...

I'm in Pittsburgh, and we felt some of the affects of Sandy, but nothing like what happened in New York, New Jersey and other areas of the East Coast. I watched the benefit concert last night on NBC when Christina Agulera, Jon Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen performed. It was a great show, and they encouraged all viewers to donate to the Red Cross and mentioned the multitude of ways people could donate. I donated while I was watching the show last night and I'm thinking about giving at least once a month to help as much as I can.

Chaplain Jan said...

Just a few suggestions for those that want to do more: 1. See what your faith group is doing (they frequently have folks actively involved with assistance & know what is needed). 2. If you have a particular interest (such as animal rescue groups - or a particular animal or breed) - contact your local group to see if they have any info on what groups in the affected areas need. 3. Once the initial needs are taken care of, groups will be going in to help rebuild - can you help with that? 4. Watch out for scammers! 5. If there is a physical collection being sent (food, clothes, etc.), be sure donations are are immediately usable (do not send anything that has to be mixed with water, for example, - they may not have any) & appropriate (fall/winter clothes, for example). These suggestions come from not only being part of relief groups, but also being on the receiving end. Namaste