It snowed last night. The first significant snow of the season. I’m amazed by how quickly the seasons change here and how defined they are too. Blazing hot summers, freezing cold winters. It’s nice to know that in the summer months you’ll have summer weather and in the winter months you’ll have winter weather… sounds well, normal…but I’m still getting used to it all the same.
When I looked out of the window last night, our back yard looked like Santa’s Grotto. I joked with Brian, the manager of the wine bar downstairs, that they should dress up one of their staff members as Santa and charge kids to come in. They’d make a fortune! I took a picture:
I thought of the hurricane Sandy victims, still without power, still without hot water, still in despair, and wondered how their night would fare. How many of the elderly would suffer through this second storm? Evacuation shelters were having to remove bags of donating clothing in order to make room for yet more evacuees. I woke up this morning to images of piles of debris covered in snow. People wrapped in blankets. This is New York… why are these people still waiting to be helped? Who knows how long it’s going to take to get these people back in their homes and this weather sure aint helping!
Whilst much of the city returns to normal, there are plenty of people still willing to help. Plenty of people giving their time and money so generously to help their neighbours. This morning, the girls from church gathered together to make activity bags that would be distributed amongst children who are stuck in the places that have been hardest hit. Activity books, chapsticks, stickers, colouring books and a whole host of other exciting items were bundled into bags and taken off to the children at Gerristen Beach. This wonderful idea of Joy’s sparked inspiration amongst us and Kerri came up with an innovative way to give to and encourage the many teenage girls and woman who have been left stranded without even a hair tie to pin back their hair.
The word spread amongst her friends and before you know if there’s a facebook page of 74 people all agreeing to be part of this great idea.
Here’s the juice as per Kerri’s friend Danielle:
Hey girls so my friend Kerri had a great idea to help women who were affected by this horrible disaster. As we all know being a woman is hard enough but being a woman with out any female supplies is devastating… So here is her idea Ok thats awesome!!! What do you think of this
Get 5 of your girlfriends to donate products
We can make a list
Nail filers non metal
And and put them in a zip lock bag and then in a inexpensive bag so its easier to carry and no one sees whats in it…
We can all ask our friends to make one and aim for a total and then drop it off at shelters…
I will pick up the donations my self since I have a car and gas and I will deliver it myself as well !!!
I am also hoping I can get more than 5 lady friends todo this !!