Since Hurricane Sandy hit in October, I have been left in a mental fog. Confined to my new home on the west coast, I watched in horror as the storm ripped through the east coast like a bat out of hell destroying so much in its path. Including my childhood home on Long Beach Island, NJ. Though I have lived all over the country in my life, I always knew I would return to my grandmother’s cottage on LBI every summer. There I was surrounded with family and friends who have shared one little block in Brant Beach for generations.
As the waters have receded, the future of the house, like so many others, remains unclear. I remain grievous over the loss of the home, that not only I grew up in with my brother and cousins, but my mother and uncle grew up in as well. Yet I am reminded there were so many people even worse off following Sandy. Much worse. Homes converted to piles of brick and wood, school classrooms shattered, and local businesses damaged beyond repair.
In an effort to help, I have opened an Etsy Shop to sell some of my favorite Long Beach Island prints with 100% of the profits going to the Salvation Army Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort. The day I arrived on LBI to help with cleanup, I was surrounded by devastation. Homes crumbled by the forces of the powerful ocean currents and businesses graffitied with messages noting they will never re-open. Yet, there on the side of the street, were Salvation Army trucks, offering a free hot meal to everyone and accepting supplies for schools and those who were left homeless. They were among the first to arrive, and I have all the faith in the world they will remain until the job is done. With your help, if every print is sold, we will have raised $3,120 for the Salvation Army’s efforts! Head on over to the store to buy your print today. I will process orders within 1-3 days and your print will ship overnight via FedEx…talk about the perfect gift for the Jersey Shore lover in your family!!
I would also like to take a moment to thank all the first responders who have helped with the cleanup efforts. Police, fire & rescue, The National Guard, as well as all the nonprofits AND private citizens who have worked tirelessly for those in need. You guys are amazing and I just hope in some small way I can help from the west coast.