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Hope Among Devastation

News reports have captured the magnitude of the devastation left by “superstorm” Sandy.  The impact continues to increase as word begins to spread of personal loss and tragedy.  A dire tale that I fear will grow worse in the coming days and weeks:

What inspires me are the stories of human courage, support and kindness when it was needed most:

 

 

Hurricane Sandy’s wrath in New York.

And many more to come, no doubt.

We all have the wherewithal to make a difference.

I may not need to remind you that older residents are more vulnerable in disaster situations.  It is imperative that we check on neighbors, make sure relief supplies are brought to those who can’t get to them and support the effort with your dollars.

On this last point, it’s important to keep a mind’s eye to scams.  Many will try to prey on generous-natured individuals who really want to help.  So, give to a trusted organization that you know.

To help, AARP and AARP Foundation have established a relief fund to support victims in the U.S. devastated by Hurricane Sandy. To help bolster the relief effort, AARP and its affiliates will match contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $750,000, assuring up to $1.5 million in aid. An immediate response to this urgent appeal will allow AARP to expedite support to those who need it now. To donate to the relief fund, please go to: www.aarp.org/disasterrelief.

Hope is a powerful thing.  Help spread a little to those who can really use it.

Photo credit:  dakine kane

Featured photo credit: Ian Cunningham