BY AMANDA GRIEME
November 10, 2012
For 25 years, I have been an over the road truck driver for a large produce company based in Florida. My travels have taken me all over the USA, but the majority of my time has been spent in the Eastern Seaboard. In 2005, I took my oldest son and his best friend on a run with me that landed us in Louisiana, four-weeks post Hurricane Katrina. The devastation that we witnessed was unforgettable, and I will always remember my boy’s reaction to the destruction and poverty. I wanted the teenagers to understand the power of nature; I think they got the hint.
When we returned home, they launched a charity at their school near Kissimmee, Florida in the attempt to do their part to assist with those who were homeless and for pets that were displaced or orphaned. Last week, seven years later, my travels took me smack dab into Hurricane Sandy; this time I witnessed, first-hand, what nature is capable of.
Because of generator power, I was able to stay in a hotel in North Jersey for four days until the roads were passable again and I could fuel-up, which was itself a challenge. While there, I discovered newjerseynewsroom.com, and followed your coverage of the destruction. When I was finally able to get back on the road, I was horrified by the damage coupled with the cold weather. I know all about crazy coastal storms having lived in Florida all my life, but I never saw anything like this up north. Between downed trees, toppled wires, displaced people and animals, I felt like I was an extra in a science fiction movie.
Prudence, my wife is very active in the community, and we’d like reputable charity recommendations that will benefit those who are affected so that we can do our part to help and spread the word.
D.B., Kissimmee Swamp, Florida
Please forgive the silly play-on-words but I’d like to kiss-i-YOU for being so kind and compassionate! It truly was a remarkable storm; there certainly is no need for me to expound on this truth. So may I simply say thank you D.B., for lending a hand. And may I add… what an amazing “field trip” you provided for your son and his friend! It certainly had a profoundly positive effect it obviously had on their young perspectives. I truly hope you are proud of your dedication.
The following are charities, local and national, that I feel very confident recommending to you and yours to assist with relief efforts. Please click on each link to read about their endeavors and their mission:
Amanda Grieme, Author of NewJerseyNewsroom.com advice column entitled “Dear Prudence” - Life Advice to Help YOU Cope, New Jersey is a former English/Creative Writing Educator and most importantly, mother. She LIVES with Bipolar Disorder choosing writing and Radio as her catharsis and creative medium to help others. Her life experience with mental illness, self-medication and ten years as an educator will lend listeners invaluable, often quirky life advice. Please check out her debut novel and radio show:
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