Hurricane Sandy – by Margaret Hart

Like many who live in the northeast, my family and I were affected by Hurricane Sandy. We lost power for six days, and the high winds tore tiles off our roof. Thankfully, we are all fine, and the roof can be easily repaired.

Sadly, many are still without power and too many families have lost everything. Their homes and all their possessions. So many families in the northeast lost precious items that cannot be replaced. My heart goes out to them.

My son is almost eight years old, and old enough to understand this devastation. He has talked about how sad he is for kids who lost their homes. Together we have talked about what we might do to help those in our own backyard who need clothing, food, and basic necessities.

His birthday is coming up and when I asked him what he wanted, he said, “Mom, I have everything I need. Why don’t we give my gifts to the kids who lost toys in the Hurricane?” So that’s what we are going to do. Along with his birthday invitation, his friends will receive a note asking for donations in lieu of gifts, and suggestions for charities that are assisting families displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

I couldn’t be more proud to be his mom!

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  1. 2 Responses to “Hurricane Sandy – by Margaret Hart”

  2. That is so lovely, Margaret! I remember the year our elderly dog died, my son wanted to collect dog items to give to our local animal shelter in lieu of birthday gifts. I contacted the shelter and asked what they needed most, then in my son’s invitations, I wrote a little note asking for small, inexpensive donations of items the shelter needed. We collected 2 giant black bags worth of items. Then we took the items to the shelter and took pictures to include with the thank yous to show how appreciative the staff and the dogs were for the generous gifts! It truly does make your heart swell!

    By Cara Potapshyn Meyers on Nov 7, 2012

  3. That is awesome!! What a great way for your son to learn the importance of helping others!

    By allison on Nov 8, 2012