I wish I could say the same for the areas hit by Hurricane Sandy. Over the past week I've tried very hard to get comfortable with the idea of having electricity and heat and normal access to things like food and gas. I'm still a bit on edge. Until today I couldn't even bring myself to purchase more groceries, I was so scared it would all go out again. But we've been extremely lucky. Despite a midweek snowstorm with high winds, we've been safe, dry and well-fed. But we are absolutely without a doubt, some of the luckiest of the affected.
Last week I asked you to consider donating to relief efforts if you are able.
Charity Navigator is a service that rates the effectiveness of different relief organizations and they have a list up of their ratings for those working in the areas devastated by Sandy.
You can see their list here.
As a teacher and book lover, I am heartbroken at the loss of libraries in both New York and New Jersey. The Queens Library Foundation is not only working hard to help residents in their area, but suffered damage to five branches, two of which will need to replace their whole collections.
The New Jersey Libraries Association is working to help all affected libraries in New Jersey.
While it will take a lot more work to fix the damage wrought by the hurricane than it would to save a curdled pudding, it can still be done. Especially if they have some help.