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Lending a “Sandy” Hand

Last weekend we sat in our apartment thinking about what family outing we should do.  We had power, nothing was ruined, and it was the weekend, right?  What new area could we check out?  Dean and I through some ideas out, and each time an idea was said, an empty feeling came over each of us.  How could we have a fun family day out with the aftermath staring right at us; the seemingly endless gas lines everywhere, trees ripped from the sidewalks, and the thought of so many without power, heat, diapers, all the necessities that Sandy spared our family.  How did we get so lucky?  What if we weren’t?  What if our area looked like Staten Island or the Rockaways?  There was only one thing to do, get out and help.  We had an SUV and a full tank of gas.  No better way to spend our Sunday than lending a thankful hand.

Waiting to get gas.  Maddie was sleeping in the back seat, so we had a good hour or so before she woke up and before a break down began.  I can handle an hour wait, but not an hour of toddler tantrums!

 Packing in the supplies from Assemblyman Mike Miller’s Sandy relief location.

Maddie helped in the back seat making sure everything passed the grab, push and squeeze test.

Headed to our drop-off location.  Wish I would have taken more photos.  Trees were blocking street, large trash binds sat in driveways filled to the top, boats and cars were in odd places, yet you could see neighbors and citizens banning and working together.  A warm feeling on a chilly day.

Howard Beach drop off location.  Cleaning supplies, clothes, linens, and food.  All was needed!

Headed home and the lines for gas were still lining the streets, including the gas can lines.  This lined wrapped far around the corner.  And it was getting colder..

One thing I’ve learned moving from CA to NY…New Yorkers are tough and can get through anything.  It was moving to see fellow neighbors, citizens, organizations and states banning together to lend a hand.

Tomorrow we vote!  Hopefully everyone can still find a way to cast their ballot!  I know who I’m voting for.  Do you??

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  1. Amy, I commend you and your family for doing your part. Thank you so very much. I too got power back quickly and we didn’t really have damage, but literally right down the road on the waterfront properties in our town there was such utter devastation. I, too, have donated clothes and canned goods now, too. Just couldn’t sit back and do nothing (it didn’t feel right). So right about New Yorkers and again wonderful post!!
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    • Amy Fechner says:

      Janine glad to hear your power was not out for long! Wow. What a storm. I know LI got hit hard and some friends are still without power 10 days later. Both of us got very lucky! So lucky it’s hard not to do anything. I’m sure your donations went to good use!

  2. Monica J says:

    It is so wonderful that you were able to help out communities and families after that horrible hurricane. I’m happy your family was safe during and after the storm. I unfortunately was without power for 6 days, but thank goodness I had no flood damage. I’m thankful for that and really thankful for the little things in life. Being without power really makes you think about the important things in life. I was luckily enough to be taken in by friend for 2 days. Now that I’m back on my feet I will lend a helping hand in some of the Jersey communities. Thanks for sharing your experience.
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    • Amy Fechner says:

      Wow Monica. Without power for 6 days. Hopefully it was back on before the Nor’easter. I know we can look at our situations and think it could have been a lot worse thinking about the destruction in NJ, Queens and Staten Island. It’s hard to sit back and enjoy your weekend knowing what others are still dealing with. Glad to hear you didn’t have any flooding and you are okay!

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