I’ve been overwhelmed at the incredible response of our community following Hurricane Sandy. The outpouring of concern for one another and the positive attitudes considering the loss of power has been amazing.
The town of Madison should be commended for restoring power quickly to the community. While I heard some complaining when I was standing in gas lines last Thursday, I think the Mayor, Police and Fire Departments, and Department of Public Works should be recognized for a quick response considering the magnitude of the storm and for providing constant updates on Nixle.
I’ve noticed individuals collecting donations outside of Stop and Shop for shelters down the shore, heard about neighbors with generators reaching out to families without power and spoken to patient people in the gas lines last week. The main concern seemed to be for the elderly and young children and there was a mantra of “think of how lucky we really are” that I continue to hear.
As a result of Hurricane Sandy's impact on our community, I'm encouraging donations to organizations that are committed and trained in disaster relief. Both The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross have been working since before the storm to set up shelters and provide food and supplies to those in need.
In talking to people over the past few days, it seems that people are very opinionated about the effectiveness of both organizations and concerned about where their donations go. I have personal experience with both groups and can’t say enough positive things about them.
During the 9-11 crisis in New York, The Salvation Army was ever present, providing meals and support to those of us who worked at the medical examiner’s office.
As a past board member of the Red Cross and now owner of their former chapter house in Madison, I know that 91 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to programs and services. In Morris County, the Red Cross has been providing shelter at Mennen Arena since before the storm and was handing out hot meals today.