Friday is normally my day to post a cocktail and I’ve not missed a week in more than a year but this Friday is different. While I sit warm in a heated home with food in a fridge that is working and the ability to connect with others, work and just go about the everyday existence that we are so fortunate to take for granted, millions of people are not so lucky. The devastation of hurricane Sandy has been shocking and in this age of blogging and Twitter and Facebook, I know so many people who have been affected; people I only wish I could reach out to with a helping hand. My only recipe today is one for a plan of action; one I hope you will join with me in making.
My dear friend Jenn from Jenn Cuisine is from Connecticut but currently lives in Switzerland with her husband and baby girl. Her parents were the lucky ones; yes, there was a lost tree that hit some power lines but they were actually affected less than last year’s visit from Irene. Jenn and I were talking today about how we both felt helpless from such a distance and wanted to do something to lend comfort. While so many are dealing with loss and sacrifice, it came to us that we are immersed in the world of people who are constant caregivers; the people who cook for and feed their families.
What better group of people to join together, united, to help those in need.
(h2>How Can I Help?
We invite you to join us next Thursday, November 8th when we show our support for the victims of Sandy. We’re asking that you post a comfort dish on your blog and share this need with your readers. Make something that you would take to a neighbor in crisis or a friend in need; you know, those dishes that are warm and homey and just make a person feel good all over.
Photo by Bebeto Matthews/AP
Along with that virtual effort, how about a real one too? We’re encouraging everyone to make a donation to those in need. We’ve included the code for a badge you can include in your post and it links to the American Red Cross; an organization known for acting quickly and efficiently in times of need and what they need most now are your dollars. Some of these photos are truly heartbreaking…how can we not help?
Don’t have a blog??
No worries …but please donate to help those in need. Who to donate to? Several organizations are dedicating themselves to helping the victims of hurricane Sandy. Some of the larger ones include:
- American Red Cross is providing food, shelter, and other forms of support to hurricane victims. You can donate directly to the Red Cross or you can also text the word “Redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- The Salvation Army is also focused on providing food, shelter, and support to victims, and takes donations for storm relief.
- Feeding America is providing food, water and supplies to those who need it as part of their disaster relief program.
We’ll be tweeting using the hashtag #FBS4Sandy; be sure to ask your friends to join us. I hope this effort manages, in some small way, to wrap the arms of the food blogging community around those who are in such need; we have a lot to give!
I wish I had a cocktail to toast the heroes that have shown up on every corner; the images of those willing to help bring more tears to my eyes but for different reasons. Not just firefighters and policemen but ordinary people who have risen to do extraordinary things. You are amazing.
Jenn and I will both include a link tool at the end of our posts for you to link up your #FBS4Sandy posts; if you can’t make it next Thursday; we would love for you to join us anytime during the month of November…if you can’t wait, go ahead and link up below!