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NaBloPoMo | Day 10: Hurricane Sandy – The Conclusion

It’s fairly safe to say Hurricane Sandy was the worst storm in history for New York and New Jersey.

We are still suffering from effects of the aftermath.


And I’m sure it didn’t help matters when we got slammed with that Nor’easter just a few days later. Especially for all of the people who still didn’t have heat or electricity.

But in the midst of heartbreak, unbelievable loss, and total devastation, I witness such an outpour of absolute kindness. It still brings tears to my eyes.

From people offering up power cords to strangers on the street for charging electrical devices, all the way to people opening up their own homes to complete strangers for shelter. Businesses gave away free water, free services, free food, free haircuts, and everything in-between.

And that is exactly what makes us Jersey Strong.

In case you missed my miniseries on Hurricane Sandy the posts can be found here:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five
Part Six


And for the absolute funniest recap of the whole Hurricane Sandy situation, please read Justin’s blog post over HERE.



PS: Are you as happy as I am that my Hurricane posts are over?

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  • My heart sunk seeing the pictures. I don’t live there but visited Hoboken, Coney Island,Long Island, Manhattan this summer.

  • shadowrun300

    Oh my gosh… I linked over to Justin’s blog from your previous post, and laughed out loud through the entire thing. I read through it again this time around, and found it just as funny!

    The devastation in your area is so sad, but when you see the community pulling together to help each other out, it’s so heartwarming.

    I love the acronym S.T.R.O.N.G.

  • Lucy

    Wow,and it is going to take some serious time to get things up and running. Justin definitely had me laughing,he definitely explains it vividly,love it 🙂

  • I do think that when tragedy strikes, it brings out the fact there are a gazillion kind and loving people out there wanting to help. Still it is a total shame what your state and it’s residents are having to deal with right now. I am so saddened for you and your fellow New Jersyians. That acronym is very cool.

  • HeSaidHisTelephoneNumberWas911

    I can’t help but be amazed by the strength and resilience of the people of NJ and NY in the face of this disaster. and a bit of my faith in humanity has been restored by all that is being done by complete strangers, to help those in need.

  • Ron

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to Jersey Strong!!!!!

    “But in the midst of heartbreak, unbelievable loss, and total devastation, I witness such an outpour of absolute kindness. It still brings tears to my eyes.”

    Me too, Meleah! To both Jersey and NY, I applaud its people for gathering together and supporting each other during such a dark and scary time.

    Even here in Philly, right before the hurricane, the grocery store where I shop gave tremendous discounts on their food items so that people could buy a lot and NOT have to spend a fortune. I actually went to the store manager and thanked her.

    Great post, girl!


  • I burst into tears when I first saw the news and the destruction every where.

  • It’s definitely AS upsetting as it is heart warming.
    That’s for sure.

    And my son totally cracks me up!
    Thank you SO much for taking the time to read all of these posts!


  • He’s a funny one, alright!

  • I love the acronym too.

    And, luckily, there are more people ready and willing to help than there are assholes.
    So YAY NJ!

  • Exactly!

  • That’s AWESOME!

  • Yay, NEW JERSEY!

  • That before and after photo is so sad! I’m glad you and your family made it though safely and I hope things get better as quickly as they can. Okay, off to go read Justin’s blog!

  • Wooooot!

  • Wow on the before and after pictures! I do wish everyone had the same compassion for their fellow man daily that they have during a tragedy.

  • I LOVE THAT! Amazing pictures… so tragic. And after all the rain… to get snow and have NO heat… New Jersey is definitely STRONG!

  • Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo

    OMG that picture is unbelievable. It looks like something out of a disaster movie.

    So very sad.

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  • Me to, June. Me too.

  • 🙂

  • Sad indeed.

    That’s where I spent my childhood summers.
    On the boardwalk of Seaside.

    I burst into tears the first time I saw the news.

  • Robert Garrard

    I’ve been reading your posts about the hurricane with quite a bit of interest. Glad to see you came through it ok.

  • The worst situations always bring out the best in people. Underneath the hard exteriors caused by greed and striving for what we think is important, people do still have hearts and do care for others. We’ve just hidden it beneath a lot of rubbish.

  • Aw. Thank you, Bob G!

    BTW ­ I don’t know why but EVERY SINGLE TIME I visit your blog my whole computer FREEZES. And I have to shut down & reboot.

  • So true, Babs.

  • I’m a little bit bummed that your hurricane stories are over, actually.

  • Awwwww.

    You might be the only one!


  • Robert Garrard

    That’s weird; I haven’t heard of anyone else having that problem. I feel lucky that you still visit me.

  • Lucky? Oh stop. We’ve been friends FOREVER!

    I’m the lucky one!

  • ladyV

    amazing of what we can do when tragedy strikes, why we have to wait until something bad happens to extend kindness and be nice is beyond me.

  • I know, right. Why can’t people just act nice all the time?

  • WOW. I had no idea the damage was so bad but how wonderful to hear of all of the acts of kindness. Gives me hope for the human race!

  • Me too!

  • agg79

    After living through Ike and Rita a few years back, I can totally emphasize with you . It is amazing to see how people react in times of crisis. Some good, some bad. I am glad to know you guys survived ok. I hope & pray that your neighbors and area recovers quickly.

  • Thank you, Agg.

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