Imperfect Storm

Well...I am all for a good Halloween/horror movie but one thing I don't like? A real horrific Halloween! As you probably know the Eastcoast was ravaged by a deadly hurricane this week and, as with all disasters, piecing back together a semblance of pre-storm life is proving difficult. My family is down in New Jersey, as my mom put it they live "Where the weatherman kept drawing red squiggle lines of danger" prior to landfall. Here is a list of things you can do to help out the area which remains powerless, waterless, flooded, boardwalk-less and with an increasing worry about the diminishing gas supply- a necessity in trying to get the hell out of there! Here are also a few pictures from a recent trip to visit my family, a coast that may forever be changed by this "global warming hoax" ahem....

We all know the Red Cross exists but, what you don't know is that they- like a good vampire- need your blood! Apart from the obvious financial donations the Red Cross is fueled by, the increase in the need for blood is a real thing...find a local blood drive or donation center near you!

Do you live near New Jersey? Or do you have a desire to visit the spooky Orange Goblins that reside in this great state? Call the NJ volunteer hotline at 1-800-JERSEY-7 to aid in clean up efforts...just like a good day at the beach: there is sand EVERYWHERE!

Take in a wild sea creature! Seriously. A lot of seashore aquariums have displaced animals! Donate to their efforts or, consider the walrus!

Food not Bombs is an organization that really does make a difference, providing food to those in need and taking on the social importance of community building activities as opposed to community destroying ones! Many of the FNB headquarters were damaged by the flood so, before they can regroup to spread sustenance to those in need, they need your help to repair their own infrastructure! Donate money, or food, to your local chapter today!

Also, and this may seem like a weird one but...Etsy! What is a better thing to do than buy a handmade craft whose profit from your purchase will be donated to hurricane relief efforts? I mean seriously?! Look at this pin! Supporting the arts and supporting the well being of others: perfect together!



Donna K. is a recent transplant to the Midwest where she can be found exploring culture at large through film programming, writing and her general interest in the world- both on and offline.