Both New York and New Jersey have been called home in my 27 years of existence. When there was news that came of a storm threatening to destroy my homes, I was to be quite frank, scared, but the optimistic part of me thought, 'hey when the storm passes, we'll be fine.' I was definitely wrong.
It is still quite surreal that a week has already passed since Hurricane Sandy plowed through our Eastern Coast leaving many homeless and scared. But together with some hard work, dedication and above all, patience, we will be able to rebuild. Every pair of helping hands, pennies and prayers count. It helps people so much when they know that they aren't alone in this.
If you have any spare money, or even items the shelters need, please donate! Any little bit helps. If you are one of the people who have been terribly affected by the storm, just know there is help on the way. If you cannot donate or help due to circumstances, saying a prayer or even keeping those in need in your thoughts is also appreciated. Like the great Muhammad Ali once said, "service you give to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth."
It's always darkest before the dawn.