November 5, 2012
Through all the downed trees, power outages, floods, mud, lost loved ones, lost photos, cold temperatures and gas shortages, Long Islanders have been coming together. People have opened their hearts and homes to friends and neighbors. In Babylon Village, residents have pulled together to donate and distribute food, clothes, diapers and cleaning supplies at the American Legion Hall. In West Babylon, teachers have visited the most devastated areas giving out food, coffee, and hugs. The West Babylon Fire Department opened its doors to donations, and the response was amazing. I couldn't believe all the donations I saw. More importantly, I couldn't believe all the volunteers, of all ages, that I saw. What a wonderful opportunity for children to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors and friends. Schools may be closed, but this is probably the most valuable lesson in community service that most children will ever receive.
People outside of New York have pitched in, too. There was the telethon on NBC Friday night, and last night, FEMA brought fuel to Uniondale and gave residents there up to 10 gallons of free gas. The cartoonists have even noticed our struggles as evidenced below:
Hoping you are warm and dry,