Friday, November 2, 2012

Hurricane Sandy-

What started as a late blooming hurricane turned into a large lesson that taught us that blood is thicker than water and humans and businesses can unite and stand tall despite what mother nature blows at us.

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the city where FamilyWize was founded and currently operates, was one of the many cities on the east coast of the United States that was affected by Hurricane Sandy during the last week in October.
Hurricane Sandy
The strong winds brought down trees
and any power lines in its path

According to the Chicago Tribune, Pennsylvania was one of states from North Carolina to Maine that was affected by what people have been calling "Frankenstorm" that left millions of customers without power and hundreds of people without homes.

In such difficult and unpredictable times, it's beyond wonderful to see the outpouring of generosity in the surrounding communities.  Thursday morning, two days after the storm wrapped up, our Facebook news feed was filled with local businesses offering their support and opening their doors to people.  A local science center offered free WI-FI and power cords for charging mobile devices.  A blood bank opened its doors for people to grab a cup of coffee, charge their phone or computer, watch the news or just get out of the cold.  Both businesses asked for nothing in return.  Wow, if that doesn't warm your heart...

Hurricane Sandy dampened the fall foliage
by bringing down this vibrant tree
Generosity is not only existent in the Lehigh Valley area where we are located, but in states that weren't even physically affected by Hurricane Sandy.  Some big names in Hollywood with roots firmly planted in New Jersey and New York are putting their forces together to host a benefit concert for the victims of the hurricane.  Bruce Springsteen, who is from Long Branch, NJ; Jon Bon Jovi, who is from Perth Amboy, NJ; and Christina Aguilera, who is from Staten Island, NY, are set to perform at an hour-long live concert. The concert is to be hosted by NBC's Matt Lauer on Friday, November 2 at 8:00 PM EST and the proceeds from the concert will be donated to the American Red Cross.

With leadership from United Way of New York City, United Ways along the Eastern Seaboard have established the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund to address near-term and long-term recovery needs of communities most affected by the hurricane. Contributions to the Fund will be used by United Ways in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, DC and West Virginia to address recovery needs in communities that FEMA has declared disaster areas. We give our sincere thanks to United Way of New York City who will manage the regional fund.

Visit to donate to the Fund. You can also use your phone to text RECOVERY to 52000 to make a $10 donation.

There are still many families and businesses without power, and utility crews are hard at work trying to restore power as quickly as possible. We at FamilyWize keep all the victims of Sandy in our thoughts and prayers throughout this recovery.

Krysta W.
Contributing Writer and FamilyWize Program Coordinator

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