Thank you so much to everyone who has emailed me over the last week; it is, as always, so magical to me to know that there are people all over the internet who are now my friends because of this blog. I am fine, incredibly lucky, and totally unscathed.
But, as you know, the same is not true for the city that I love so much. It has been incredible to watch people come together in the wake of this storm, to see neighbors support one another, to have complete strangers ask me in line for the ATM if I am okay, if my family is okay, if my house is okay. A lot of people here are not okay. A lot of people have lost so much, and a lot of people still do not have power or water or homes, and another storm is coming.
There are so many ways you can help. Here are a few of them.
Brooklyn City Councilperson Brad Lander (among many, many other people) has been regularly tweeting volunteer and donation needs, as has Occupy Sandy. You can support firefighters who are helping Sandy victims, even though many of them have lost their own homes, here. Brokelyn has been posting volunteer and donation opportunities, as has New York Cares. These are just a few places to start. The tremendous Jenny Zhang has some more links over at Rookie, plus a reminder that this storm has disproportionately affected already-struggling communities in New York and that hundreds of people in the Caribbean have lost their lives and homes as well.
I am more grateful than I have ever been in my life to be safe, to have a home, to have heat and electricity and enough to eat and enough money to live on, and to know that the people I love are safe too. There are so many people for whom none of those things are true and the last week has brought that home and the days to come will bring it home over and over again. I have been trying all this week to think of the exact thing to say, the thing that will explain to you how thankful I am and how much I love this city and how much I love the people that I love, but this time I don't have the right words. Please be kind to one another and please ask your neighbors if they are okay, no matter where you are. And if you have lost your home, or people you love, if you had nothing to begin with and now you have less, know that there are strangers all around you, holding you in their hearts, hoping against hope that the love they have for you will make a difference. I know it is not enough. I'm sorry.