After seeing the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast, I’m reminded of the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons. We were living in West Palm Beach, Florida at the time and had never been through a hurricane, which is like a right of passage there.
Without a doubt, we were exceptionally fortunate. Over the course of two years, we made it through three hurricanes (Frances, Jeanne, and Wilma) and numerous tropical storms with minimal damage. But, although we were fortunate, it was heartbreaking to watch people lose their lives, their homes, and their livelihoods.
All this aside, it was refreshing to see communities, neighbors, friends, and family come together to support one another in a time of need. Florida is not known as a tremendously friendly place, but I watched, time and time again, people come together to help each other – from sharing food, ice, and electricity to clearing debris and rebuilding roofs.
With that being said, I ask that you consider helping in any way you may be able to – whether it’s volunteering, making a donation, or simply sharing information. If you’re inclined, you can find a few ideas here:
Note: Don’t get scammed. It happens. If it seems shady, it is.