Many of us in the Hometalk community are joining together for a good cause.
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.
Fairfield House says
Thank you for this post, your prayers, donations and friendship. They are appreciated more than you know. We just got our power back and I posted about our experience and photographs yesterday. I still own a home on LBI and have not had access to it, if it’s still there.
Thank you for sharing this! Some socks are on the way!
Barbara Summers says
This is awesome! Something we can really DO. Living in the New Orleans area, we know how much everyone rallied to help us…we will be sending a big package out on Friday! thanks for the post!
OK, ATL ladies! Kohls’ doorbusters starting Wednesday include ladies’ gloves for $2.99 and juniors’ legwear for $4.99, and bonus buy of 40% off mens’ cold-weather acccessories (gloves, hats, scarves). Target has all hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves on sale. Let’s get shopping- and sending these people some warmth.
Dagmar ~ Dagmar's momsense says
Hi Rhoda, thanks for writing this post and helping! The need is indeed great. We were hit hard here in Westchester, NY, so many trees down and power outages.
We didn’t have power for 5 days, which was crazy when your job is blogging 🙂 but things are getting back to normal for us. My SIL still doesn’t have power, and 20 trees down on her property.
I just bought socks to donate tonight — with Kohl’s cash 🙂
beverly e says
I just sent socks, hats and gloves… thanks for the suggestion!