My lovely friend Laura, who just happens to be located in one of the worst areas in New Jersey hit by Hurricane Sandy is mobilizing an amazing effort to get some of these people basic items like socks, hats, gloves and scarves. As a Katrina survivor (and Gustav), I know how great this need is, so if you have any winter items just sitting in closet, please put them in a box and mail them to Laura; her address is listed on this post on her blog. For those of you near my shop in Louisiana, I am collecting items thru the week and mailing for you on Friday afternoon.
I've spent most of my day off today collecting items to ship; first at the thrift shop and then digging in my own closet. (Believe me, in South Louisiana, you collect a lot of winter gear that never gets used!). It's been a bit emotional for me as I thought a lot about the Tumblr blog NOLA to New York, and the stories of my fellow New Orleanians sharing what Katrina gave them. For me, if I had to single out one lesson, it would have to be "survival". I learned a lot in those early days, months and yes, even years in recovery from so many people that when I was diagnosed with cancer five years later the idea of not surviving just wasn't even a fathomable option. So, carry on New York, New Jersey, and affected areas...better, stronger days are truly ahead.
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