Aside from that inconvenience of no power and a tree down along with a dented gutter (now fixed), we are fortunately back to normal. So many others are not quite as lucky. A very good friend of mine lives in Long Beach, and the good news is that her house was not destroyed and toilet flushing got restored yesterday. The bad news is that she can’t go home and is under a FEMA curfew to take things from her house, not knowing when she’ll be allowed to return. And you may have seen on the news that Staten Island got devastated. My Uncle Michael’s old parish is in Staten Island and this very poor hispanic neighborhood that is likely facing devastating loss.
If you are so inclined to send a donation, may I suggest my Uncle Michael’s parish. I know my uncle would have been working tirelessly to help the community and hope that you might be able to help in his absence.
Please send your donation in memory of my Uncle Michael (who died of brain cancer on July 27th) to:
St. Mary’s of the Assumption Parish
2230 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10302
Or you if you want to help the City of Long Beach and my friend Claire Marie and her neighbors you can click on their donation page here.
The Red Cross has been doing a tremendous job helping people as well. You can go online to donate or text them to donate $10.
This is how you do it: Text “Redcross” to 90999.
You’ll receive a reply, asking you to confirm by texting “yes.”
Thanks for all the love and concern by all–it’s amazing how a community can come together!