Last year, after Hurricane Irene, I went with a group from church to help clean up some houses in New Jersey that had been flooded. It was hard work. We spent all day gutting one house. The couple that lived there had just finished renovating their kitchen days before the storm came and flooded their neighborhood. Well, half their neighborhood. The other side of the street was spared.
I wondered how it was to be those neighbors on the higher ground, to see the suffering across the street, but to be virtually untouched by it.
And then Sandy hit and we are the neighbors on the higher ground, virtually untouched, but surrounded by reminders that others were not so lucky. I haven’t been able to spend a day gutting basements or cleaning up debris this time around (nursing baby and all), but Micah has. Our church has been organizing clean-up crews and other relief efforts since the storm ended, and plans to keep at it until the work is done.
If you are interested in helping out or want to learn more or join the group, go to the Mormon Helping Hands NYC Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/groups/mormonhelpinghandsnyc/
Also, Micah and some of his designer friends came up with a series of posters they are selling at printAidNYC.com. All proceeds go to hurricane relief. Check them out.