Which leaves me to the reason for this here post.
Some people are not so lucky to have a roof over their heads this year; Hurricane Sandy took care of that a few weeks ago. Here in New Jersey, the storm hit us pretty hard. My home was completely spared of any damage and the worst thing that happened was that after a week of the power being out, I had to replace all of the food in my fridge. It sucks, but you deal with it. Turns out I was one of the lucky ones.
When storms like this hit, you feel really bad for the people that lost everything. Then after a few weeks it seems that you forget about them and the struggles that they are going through. I think back to when Katrina hit the Gulf Coast; the images that I saw were completely unbelievable, but after time they disappeared from my conscience. It wasn't something that I had to deal with directly, and unfortunately I went on with my life not thinking about what those people 1500 miles away were going through. We donated money to the Red Cross, but there really seemed to be little more that I could do.
|There was a house here|
Union Beach is not one of these grand seaside towns with mansions that dot the seascape. It's a middle class borough with hard working people that shop in the same grocery stores that I shop in. They get their cars fixed at the same mechanics that we do. They eat in the same restaurants, including one of our favorites, Drew's in Keyport which was completely flooded by the storm. Much of this town has lost everything.
It's where we come in. Neighbors helping neighbors in anyway that we can. To make donations to this tiny town you can do so by mailing a check to the following:
Union Beach Disaster Relief FundYou can also visit the towns website at www.unionbeach.net to find out other ways to help, they sure could use a ton of it. Of course if you are reluctant to write a check you can always go online and donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief.
650 Poole Ave.
Union Beach, NJ 07735.
A lot of us have so much to give this holiday season, and that is something we should all be thankful for.