My dear blog readers -
We've missed you. But our time and efforts have been directed towards our beloved city of New York.
Our thoughts have been heavy and our muscles sore. But this week has also been full of more beauty & love than I've hardly ever seen in my life.
- In Staten Island, perhaps the hardest hit area, we saw home-grown distribution centers of supplies being set up by residents and churches on the corners in the demolished neighborhoods. They were providing hot lunches and all kinds of supplies which were being replenished often by regular New Yorkers bringing in car loads of goods. We came in with a crew of 80 people from our church and spent the day helping homeowners remove their soaked & rotting belongings from their homes and stripped out drywall and carpeting. I still can't get over these wonderful people that just jumped to help.
- We saw a group of three girls that drove into Red Hook with an entire trunk full of sandwiches. They had skipped work and made hundreds of sandwiches all day and just showed up to hand them out to people. One of them said, "uhh..we heard some kids needed lunches? So we made sandwiches (like 600 of them). And we brought carrots, too."
- The women from church are supplying hot meals for a food line in Red Hook.
- Kids all over the neighborhood are raising money by selling treats on the street.
- This weekend our church became a drop off center for supplies and people just poured in to donate goods. Some people literally brought shopping carts of food down Court Street. Our car got so packed that we ended up filling up an entire 2nd car.
- My sweet husband got up at 6:00 am to go and do the breakfast shift at a shelter for hundreds of nursing home evacuees. When he signed out, he saw that the volunteer check-in sheet became 10 pages deep while he was there. Our friend (a professional saxophone player) went that afternoon and played music for the residents...I love that people are just offering what they can.
- And the marathon runners...I'm so touched that so many headed into the wreckage and helped this city.
Love from Brooklyn,
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