Like a lot of people who were lightly affected by Hurricane Sandy (or Irene or Katrina or Ike or…), I felt – and still feel – an incredible amount of Survivor’s Guilt when I enjoy snuggling on my own couch with my kids or yell at my family to get to the dinner table NOW or type a blog post in my own house on my own computer. I think this experience of the last two weeks, for a lot of people who lost power and emptied fridges and ended up entertaining children for almost two unexpected weeks of vacation, opened our eyes. Yes, we grumbled and groaned and raised our virtual voices and clenched fists against the power companies.
And then we’d remember that there are families on cots in shelters with no privacy. And there are families who have lost photos and christening outfits and first place ribbons and a grandmother’s last letter. And lives.
And then I do what I’m doing right now and I tear up and wish I could do more to directly help someone feel a little bit better despite the incredible loss.
There are a lot of people who have organized amazing benefits. I’ve told you about Tia’s Food of Love, and it seems like every business and community group is collecting for those affected. Some people with personal connections to the hardest hit places wrote about it, too. It’s been encouraging to hear about it all. And while I love all of that, I want to assuage MY guilt in a more direct way as well. (It’s always about me, folks, don’t you know that yet?) Lucky for my self-centered self, I heard about an adopt-a-family program on Staten Island. It’s organized by Corine from Complicated Mama and Melissa from Staten Island Family.
The Adopt a Hurricane Sandy Family program is one-on-one. You send what you can – what you’re comfortable sending – to a family. They will ask for certain items they need/want, and you ship them. It can be as basic as gift cards to buy underwear or a new set of pajamas or whatever. Or it could be a very specific item that is hard to get for a family in crisis right now. I’m not explaining it well. You can also ENROLL a family – Check out the details on this form. And please consider applying! It’ll make you feel good. I promise.