Note: Thank you all for your kind words via Twitter and in the comments this past week. It means the world to me that you’re sending good wishes our way.
Joe and I are still without internet/cable (so I’m posting this via my in-laws’ house). Somehow, our apartment still had power when we check on it Tuesday. As of Friday evening, we finally got our hot water back and the data on our phones. As sad as it is, these two things make a world of difference.
Prior to the data on our phones coming back, we were completely cut off from the world. We had no idea what was going on and what was being done to help out. We could barely text or call, for that matter. I think the hot water speaks for itself. If you’ve ever had to take an ice-cold shower or bathed using pots of hot water (which is how we rolled this week), you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Our area is a disaster zone. Since we moved back into our apartment, we have heard nothing but sirens – police, fire trucks, and ambulances – during all hours. Joe and I got lucky, only having scratches to our car from debris, but not everyone fared as well as us. There are people who lost everything – including their lives – and it honestly breaks my heart to see it all. It was one thing to see images on the news when we were staying at Joe’s parents’ house, but it was something else to walk around and really see the damage.
At this point, we’re doing everything we can to help. On Friday, Joe and I gathered what we could spare in terms of clothing, shoes, blankets, and sheets, and donated them to families in need. Saturday involved us walking towards the water (we live very close to the beach) and helping with clean up. Sadly, a large portion of these houses will need to be demolished. One of the only nice things about Sandy is that people are coming out in droves to help each other, and everyone is so thankful for it.
With that, I’m going to share some photos of what’s going on in Staten Island (and I’ll post more once I have access to the internet again) since most of the radio coverage we’ve heard was about Manhattan.
If you’re interested in donating (and please don’t feel like you have to), click here to see some options. I know that the Red Cross will come to mind, but Staten Island had to beg for their help and they’re sending donations from here elsewhere. The organizations on the SILive website will get to the residents here much quicker.