After the storm

SOURCE: AP/Julio Cortez

In the few days since the storm, we’ve come to realize just how devastating Hurricane Sandy really was. In my post the morning after the storm, I said we weathered it well here in Philly. I knew my coastal neighbors had it worse, that they had flooding and property damage due to the high winds and fallen trees. At the time, I had no idea the extend of the destruction in New Jersey and New York City. I didn’t realize homes were flattened in tornado-like annihilation (I’m from the Midwest, I speak in tornado terms). Even friends in suburban Philadelphia are still without power six days later. I am left feeling so blessed.

For those looking for a way to help, donations help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, and other assistance to those affected by disasters. To donate:, 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

For those in Philadelphia, the Young Children’s Center for the Arts (YCCA) at Old Swedes Church (Front & Christian) is collecting items that will be driven directly to the Hurricane Sandy relief shelter in Tom’s River. You can drop off items between 8am – 5pm Monday through Friday. There is no deadline. This will be an ongoing collection as long as it is needed.

Here is list of things that are needed:

-Infant formua
-Baby food
-Clothes (all sizes)
-Shoes (all sizes)
-Garbage bags
-Packaged socks (all sizes, new)
-Toddler/Children’s Underwear (all sizes, new)
-Feminine Products
-Shaving cream
-Men’s underwear (all sizes, new)
-Women’s underwear (all sizes, new)
-Flip flops
-Pillows (new in package)

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