Southern Hospitality Delivered to Those in Need
I have learned that in moments of loss and sorrow, even when it is not directly my own, that I deal better with my emotions and inability to fix things by doing something good for someone else. In times when we witness tragedy our immediate tendency is to become confused, frustrated, or even angry and it tends to weaken us and knock us off our feet. Some of us recover quickly, while others need more time.
For my husband and I, reaching out to others has proven to be the therapy we need to help us cope. It’s why we decided to join in the efforts of Melissa Chapman (editor of thestatenislandfamily.com ) and Corine Ingrassia (editor of complicatedmama.com) with their Staten Island relief program, It Takes A Family and “adopting” a family affected by Hurricane Sandy to send some love to during the holiday season.
It’s a way you can help too, but, that’s not why I am writing this post.
I am writing this post because when I shared the link about the program with friends and readers on the Girl Gone Travel Facebook page, an entire community from Louisiana came together – through the efforts of Kari Jordan of NorthShoreMama.com – to send their support as well.
What resulted from a short message from Kari stating simply that she and her community wanted to help was a large shipment of toiletries, blankets, diapers and more to donate to those in need.
“We understand the hurricane thing all too well! I have lost more birthdays (Sept 3) than I care to mention to hurricanes. It’s just a part of our lives down here. I was 11 weeks pregnant when Katrina hit and we were out of power for 33 days…cable, phones, etc – 3 months. So, hurricane victims that may not have been prepared for what they are like, kinda hit a soft spot for us. Just some Southern Hospitality…..and, I kinda love NYC, too!”
Today my family and I packed up all the donations collected, including donations for our adopted family from our contributing blogger and friend Laurie Junkins and her family and delivered them to Staten Island.
We dropped off the heavily packed boxes at the Tunnel To Towers Foundation’s Hurricane Relief donation center in Staten Island. The volunteers came out into the rain to help carry them inside and everyone was extremely grateful to receive new, unused blankets and all the other much needed goods delivered.
The drop off was quick, within minutes all the boxes were gone, and shortly after that we were making our way back to New Jersey. But in our heart we felt relief of sorts in knowing that someone, somewhere will have a little bit more comfort, feel a little bit more cared for, because of the compassion of others.
I want to thank everyone who came together and contributed to our donation for Hurricane Sandy victims. Your kindness and thoughtfulness for us, your East Coast neighbors, is one that has touched our hearts and further affected our outlook and contributed to the lessons we teach our children about the kindness of others.
A heartfelt THANK YOU to:
The Attic by Creations Galore – Mandeville, LA https://www.facebook.com/theatticbycreationsgalore?fref=ts
Scrapbook Heaven – Bogalusa, LA
Dunaway Bros – Slidell, LA https://www.facebook.com/dunaway.bros?fref=ts
Cupcake Concept – Covington, LA https://www.facebook.com/CupcakeConcept?fref=ts
Papa J’s Highway Mart, Franklinton, LA https://www.facebook.com/pages/Papa-Js-Highway-Mart/124563000925098?fref=ts
Jim, owner of Banner Sales http://bannersalesco.com/
The wonderful readers from www.northshoremama.com.
Words can never truly describe how grateful we are for your generosity and kindness. But it serves as a powerful symbol and reminder of how much good there is in the world and that help is never too far away.