Growing up in Virginia Beach and Charleston, SC I was no stranger to hurricanes and the damage they can cause. My Aunt and Uncle lost a house to Hurricane Hugo when I was little and it was devestating for them. My mother lives directly on the Chesapeake Bay and over the years has experienced floods and damage to her home, even lost her vehicle to a storm but luckily she were never displaced…This past week as Sandy made her way North I was praying she would stay safe and her home would be spared. She was lucky, others were not.
You know that feeling you get when your feet are cold and slip on a pair of warm socks? Or you can warm your hands and head while outside by wearing gloves and a hat? That feeling of warmth, of comfort, is something we take for granted. For many of the victims of Hurricane Sandy, it is a feeling the storm has taken away and one that we want to give back to them.
Laura Kuhlmann, a blogger and member of Hometalk who lives in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, was fortunate that her neighborhood was spared with only minor damages. But just a few minutes down the road, entire areas were wiped out including Mystic Island, Osborne Island, and Tuckerton Beach. Long Beach Island, just across the bay, also suffered extraordinary damage just as every barrier island and shore town up and down New Jersey’s once-beautiful coastline.
Laura couldn’t stop thinking about something her sister-in-law (volunteering at the local hurricane shelter) told her: that people were walking around barefoot and just wanted a pair of socks. Even as donations started to pour in to the shelter, Laura couldn’t get the idea of warm socks out of her head. She wanted to collect some warmth on a large scale for the victims of Sandy, and shared her idea with me and our fellow blogging friends on Hometalk. Our network of Hometalk bloggers includes several members living in New Jersey who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. We embraced the idea enthusiastically with offers of help to bring this idea to fruition.
So here we are. Our mission is a simple one. And has a fast turn-around time too.
We want to provide socks to warm one’s feet, gloves to warm one’s hands, and winter hats to warm one’s head. All to warm one’s soul. Now.
You can help us gather up some warmth to share by collecting socks, gloves and winter hats, and sending them to:
Socks for Sandy
P.O. Box 520
Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087
Please mail by Friday, November 9, since the need is urgent.
This can be a great project to involve your kids in, because it all comes down to giving a bit of warmth to someone in need. I know for my boys it is hard to understand how sending a few dollars can help people far away but shopping for socks and sending them in the mail is a tangible way for them to understand the concept of helping others.
Laura will receive all packages and immediately take these to the local hurricane shelter. Any excess will be given to the other hurricane shelters up and down New Jersey’s coastline.
What started as an idea has blossomed into warmth. And it is simple to get involved.
Donating directly to the Red Cross is still the fastest way to get your money into the hands of those who need it the most.
Thank you so much for your support!