If you or anyone you know or love has been impacted by Sandy, I’m so, so sorry….seems so inadequate given the devastation some of you are living through.
You know the feeling you get when your feet are cold and slip on a pair of warm socks? Or you can warm your hands and head while outside by wearing gloves and a hat? That feeling of warmth, of comfort, is something we take for granted. For the victims of Hurricane Sandy, it is a feeling we want to give back to them.
Laura Khulmann, a blogger of The Shed and member of Hometalk, who lives in Little Egg Harbour, New Jersey, was fortunate that her neighbourhood was spared with only minor damages. But just a few minutes down the road, entire areas were wiped out including Mystic Island, Osborne Island, and Tuckerton Beach. Long Beach Island, just across the bay, also suffered extraordinary damage just as every barrier island and shore town up and down New Jersey’s once beautiful coastline has.
Laura couldn’t stop thinking about something her sister-in-law (volunteering at the local hurricane shelter) told her: that people were walking around barefoot and just wanted a pair of socks. Even as donations started to pour in to the shelter, Laura couldn’t get the idea of warm socks out of her head. She wanted to collect some warmth on a large scale for the viciims of Sandy, and shared her idea with me and our fellow blogging friends on Hometalk. Our network of Hometalk bloggers includes several members living in New Jersey who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. We embraced the idea enthusiastically with offers of help to bring this idea to fruition.
So here we are. Our mission is a simple one. And has a fast turn-around time too.
We want to provide socks to warm one’s feet, gloves to warm one’s hands, and winter hats to warm one’s head. All to warm one’s soul. NOW.