You know that feeling you get when your feet are cold and slip on a pair of warm socks? Or you can warm your hands and head while outside by wearing gloves and a hat? That feeling of warmth, of comfort, is something we take for granted. For the victims of Hurricane Sandy, it is a feeling we want to give back to them.
Laura Kuhlmann, a blogger and member of Hometalk who lives in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, was fortunate that her neighborhood was spared with only minor damages. But just a few minutes down the road, entire areas were wiped out including Mystic Island, Osborne Island, and Tuckerton Beach. Long Beach Island, just across the bay, also suffered extraordinary damage just as every barrier island and shore town up and down New Jersey’s once-beautiful coastline has.
Laura couldn’t stop thinking about something her sister-in-law (volunteering at the local hurricane shelter) told her: that people were walking around barefoot and just wanted a pair of socks. Even as donations started to pour in to the shelter, Laura couldn’t get the idea of warm socks out of her head. She wanted to collect some warmth on a large scale for the victims of Sandy, and shared her idea with our community of Hometalk bloggers. Our network of Hometalk bloggers includes several members living in New Jersey who were directly affected by Hurricane Sandy. We embraced the idea enthusiastically with offers of help to bring this idea to fruition.
So here we are. Our mission is a simple one. And as cold weather approaches, we want to do this as quickly as possible.
We want to provide socks to warm one’s feet, gloves to warm one’s hands, and winter hats to warm one’s head. And I’d love for you to join us in this opportunity to provide practical help that will go directly to those who need it.
You can help us gather up some warmth to share by collecting socks, gloves and winter hats, and sending them to:
Socks for Sandy
P.O. Box 520
Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087
Since the need is urgent, we’re asking that you please mail these items by Friday, November 9.
This can be a great project to involve your kids in, because it all comes down to giving a bit of warmth to someone in need.
Laura will receive all packages and immediately take these to the local hurricane shelter. Any excess will be given to the other hurricane shelters up and down New Jersey’s coastline.
What started as an idea has blossomed into warmth. And it is simple to get involved.
Donating directly to the Red Cross is still the fastest way to get your money into the hands of those who need it the most.