This is not a blog post.
It’s a rally call.
Most of you know of the devastation and destruction that Sandy caused along the Eastern Seaboard of the US, especially in the hard hit states of New York and New Jersey. Boston was lucky to have escaped the terrible path of destruction that was Superstorm Sandy, but that doesn’t mean we can forget about it.
As we’ve all gone about our lives for the past week since the storm, there are still hundreds of thousands of people without power. There are still countless families who have lost everything, all because of one swift moving Bitch named Sandy. There are towns in New York and New Jersey that have been completely demolished; houses and cars whisked away like a scene out of the Wizard of Oz. And the worst isn’t even over. With temps predicted to dip down into the 30’s this week, those without power (and without homes) are in severe danger. Add in the fact that there is a Nor’Easter headed for the Northeast at some point this week, and this really ain’t over. Not by a long shot.
So what about us who weren’t directly affected? What can we do now?
HELP. Any way you know how.
I’ve seen so many heartwarming stories on the news; stories of people coming together, cooking boatloads of food, and standing out on the street to hand it out to those in need. I’ve heard stories of NY Marathon runners who hung up their running shoes, and instead of racing, headed to the hardest hit areas of the city to volunteer. As much as I am chomping at the bit to join the ranks of those amazing people, I am in the middle of a crazy work schedule and can not physically leave and go to the tri-state area. But that doesn’t mean I can’t help!
One friend of mine drove down to New Jersey this weekend to deliver 450 pounds of food to the New Jersey Food Bank. Another one of my good friends is currently gathering goods, food, clothing, and money, and is driving across state lines on Wednesday, in order to transfer it to another friend who will then deliver all of the goods directly to a shelter in Toms River, NJ. I was not able to donate to the first trip mentioned since I found out about it when they were already en route, but you better believe I’m contributing to the second one!
The funny thing is, as I was shopping last night for goods to send down, I had a mini panic attack when I couldn’t decide what to get. But then I realized, these people need everything.
The small, every day things that you and I take for granted (toothpaste, shampoo, socks, underwear, diapers) are like gold to those who have lost everything. While wandering around the store, I had to remind myself that anything I send down there will help someone, even if it’s something that doesn’t strike me as critical or necessary. And even if I can only send enough to help a handful of people, hopefully there are many many others out there who are doing the same thing. Yes, sending goods to one shelter is not going to save the world. But it is going to give some relief to one tiny part of the world, and sometimes that’s all you can do.
If we all send just enough to help a few people, think of how many people we can help together?
So again, this is not a blog post. This is not about me, or strength training, or healthy living. This is about helping others; doing anything you can, even if it seems insignificant to you. Because a whole lot of small acts add up to much more than any of us can realistically do on our own. If you can’t afford to send money to the relief funds, look through your closets and see if there are any jackets, hats, or scarves that you can part with. Next time you go to the grocery store, pick up a few extra items that you can send to a shelter or relief organization. Heck, you can even download certain songs on iTunes that will send money to the relief efforts.
Bottom line is, there is SOMETHING you can do. Big or small, it doesn’t matter. Just do something!