Attention: FEMA, Red Cross- Give Facebook a try!

You may just get it done a little more efficiently and effectively.

Just take a peek at what has been going on on Facebook to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy in Staten Island. The way in which people are connecting to each other, tapping into resources well beyond the scope of the local area, collecting and soliciting items that are needed… ¬†just look at this… how else could all of this happen? How else can the needs of the people of this neighborhood be met so effectively and efficiently? It continues to amaze me as I follow all of my friends from “home” (while in Connecticut) and the Guyon Rescue group that was founded to help and support the people of the Oakwood Beach area of Staten Island. They even have a website now¬†!

Here is a small snapshot of what has been happening¬†Facebook in a short amount of time…

Requesting items of immediate need (changing by the minute– and Facebook gets it out there):

Facebook is also the way to “rally the troops” and keep spirits high:

Facebook is the place to “wish for things” and have them appear. Believe me, they do!

Facebook is the place to thank the generous people of this world who have been donating beyond everyone’s expectations:

And how else would the word spread about services that are available?

Facebook even announces a Thanksgiving meal being hosted in someone’s home and other opportunities available:

And Facebook is the place that we thank the friends and strangers (who have now become friends) for the amazing work they are doing every day:

   

How else would the tragedy of Hurricane Sandy have turned into the most amazing grassroots, life changing experience for victims and volunteers?

Thanks Facebook! 

Seriously FEMA, ¬†Red Cross! Get down on the ground, “in the grass”, and see what’s going on here. ¬†A LOT is getting done, day in and day out, for the people who need it most.¬†Can you put a few agents out there in ¬†Oakwood Beach, Midland Beach, South Beach, Breezy Point, Coney Island, Rockaways, and on the Jersey Shore to connect and support the grass-roots efforts happening here… no red tape. Just get it done. You, too, can use Facebook!

P. S. This post (it’s my 50th blog post! yay me!) is dedicated to all my amazing “childhood” friends from Oakwood/ Flint Street, who have created a lifetime of memories in this special place¬†for me to cherish. These are the people who have now become my friends in adulthood, thanks to what else?….FACEBOOK!¬†Thank you ALL for continuing to make memories with me (and for letting me “tag a long!”)

And Gayle Judith Parascandola-¬† Your tireless effort since the storm hit has been nothing short of amazing. You make me want to do more every day! You have brought new meaning to “please and thank you.”

Flint Street FOREVER!

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#StatenIslandProud

A few years after I got married and moved to Connecticut, someone said, in passing, “Never forget where you came from.” These words have become so incredibly meaningful to me in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

This past Saturday, my family and I packed up our truck with many generous donations from friends and headed to Oakwood Beach, Staten Island. This area is a little more than a mile from the house where I grew up. My old house was not in a flood zone (it was in Zone B) and it, too, was evacuated in the middle of the storm as the waters rose from 3 inches to 3 feet in a matter of minutes. It’s amazing the two worlds that exist here today. The higher grounds of the island are fully in tact and yet, a mile away, such destruction. It’s like nothing I have ever seen or experienced before. I am humbled and feel privileged that we could help out in some way.

Here are some pictures from our trip. If you show in full screen and hit “show info” on the top right, you can see captions to the photos.

Say what you want about New Yorkers, and especially Staten Islanders, they are TOUGH and they know how to help each other. This tragedy has shown many people what the true meaning of community is.

I have never been prouder to be a Staten Islander.