For the past 10 days, I have been reminiscing about my experiences on Staten Island with the Occupy Sandy relief Group.
I recall the Ice storm of 1998: Cindy and I were living in Ottawa at the time. We got help from hundreds of miles away. I also remember stories of the Mont Blanc and the Halifax Explosion of 1917: The City of Boston was a major help in relief and rebuilding. So much so, that Nova Scotia sends a giant Christmas Tree to Boston every year. Hurricane Sandy did not affect us in Eastern Canada and it was our turn (Cindy and I) to offer help to those in need.
We were only there a week. We readily sacrificed spending Thanksgiving with our daughter in North Carolina; making up for it last Saturday with a big turkey dinner with all the fixings.
Now that we are gone, I am left with an emptiness and wishing I could have done more to help.
What about the 50 or more cats in the New Dorp Beach area that are without a home? We heard that 2 people had 20 or more cats each in their home and were looking for help with food and litter for all these animals.
What about all the debris that still clutters the streets? Sanitation crews are working relentlessly at picking everything up. However the amount of debris in the narrow streets it making it difficult.
What about the people serving food in freezing temperatures? What about those with no heat or electricity in their homes lining up in freezing weather for a hot meal? I heard a comment today about hundreds still without power in New York . . . a month after the storm.
What about all the politicians saying we will learn from this and plan better next time? Did we not hear similar stories after Hurricane Katrina?
Regardless, I am still proud to have played a small part in helping those in need. My experience has reminded me about a saying concerning people.
There are three kinds of people
- those who make things happen
- those who watch things happen
- those who wonder what happened
Thanks to those who have followed me on this journey. For my friends in Prince Edward Island complaining about the snow and freezing rain today, count you blessings if you have a warm home and hot food. For those reading my blog to learn about PEI, come back in a day or so when I will resume providing information about our Gentle Island.