Hey Fellow Puffers,
Last night, I clicked over to that relief concert that Matt Lauer from the Today show put together. These were the first extensive photos and videos I've seen of the devastation left in the wake of hurricane Sandy. Without boring you with statistics on how many are dead, homeless, without power, suffice to say, it's beyond horrible.
I am 51yrs old and this is by far the largest storm of my lifetime and in terms of sheer volume, the worst. I'm not easily moved, but at one point, a young lady being interviewed broke down in tears and said, "We need help. We need people. Please, please come here and help us." Another said, "I just want to go home, but my home is just gone."
It struck me that September 11th, 2001, while terrible, was an act of terror that hit us in the hearts. Sandy hit us in our homes. Big difference.
Those of us not in the area simply cannot comprehend how bad things really are. We cannot fathom the amount of work it's taking and on how many levels it's required just in order to barely function. To pile on the misery, that jackass Bloomberg (mayor of NYC) is going forward with the NYC Marathon, which will inject well over 50,000 EXTRA people into the city. People who lost their homes, or electricity went into the city to stay in hotels and are now being kicked to the curb, because the hotels are honoring reservations for runners and support persons. Hundreds of generators, which could be used to provide electricity for thousands of homes, are being commandeered to run television and other media. As of this writing, the NFL plans to go forward with a football game that no one in the area can get to and no one can watch at home.
We have scores of BOTL and Puff members in the area. Some without power. Some without homes.
Again, this is not 9/11. This is not a case of taking the opportunity to show our resilience by pretending "business as usual". This is a time for everyone to pull together, muck in and HELP. If we can't physically GO there and help, we should be giving money until it hurts, to any organization who IS going. Mine's going to the American Red Cross.
If you want, you can text 90999 and donate $10 to the Red Cross, but please, PLEASE, at least do something.
Thanks for reading.