My wife and I just returned from a shelter in Red Hook, where we helped organize donations and hand out food and clothing. When we left the line was still down the block. Many people came in with clothes, food, cleaning supplies and toothpaste, and the items left as quickly as they arrived. Even if you can't donate money, please try to donate household items, food and clothing - whatever you can. People right around the corner from you need it desperately.
Dear Friends and Family (part 1),
The NYC Marathon is this weekend, and I have been training for it for months. Right now, there is a lot of controversy over whether the marathon should still occur, so soon after Hurricane Sandy devastated much of the area.
On one hand, those against holding the marathon argue that now is not the right time for a race. The race uses vital resources, such as police officers, water, generators and other emergency personnel, which would be better used in areas such as Staten Island and Long Beach. Additionally, many roads will be closed during a time when transportation is already difficult for many New Yorkers.
On the other hand, the NYC Marathon has consistently been a major event for New York, and symbolizes life, perseverance and resiliency. While it is impossible to bring back the lives of people who were lost, the City should move forward, even if it is not yet moving on. The marathon is also a huge economic boon to New York’s economy, normally bringing in over $300 Million. While this year’s race will undoubtedly bring in less, the City will certainly see a net gain. With respect to the City’s resources, Mayor Bloomberg said at today’s press conference that the restoration of power and mass transit will free up many of the resources needed for the marathon, and that even if all of the officers and other resources were not used for the marathon, they would not all be sent to the devastated areas anyway. I trust that Bloomberg has consulted with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, among other City officials, and has made an informed decision that holding the marathon would be in the City’s best interests and not detract from the resources needed to recover.
It is possible to laugh, cry, mourn and cheer all at the same time, and that’s what makes us human. As I run the NYC marathon this weekend, I will now be doing so for AmeriCares, to help the recovery
New York Road Runners wrote -
AmeriCares emergency response experts are closely monitoring Hurricane Sandy and are delivering medicines, first aid kits, cleaning products, flashlights and other relief supplies to the hardest hit communities up and down the East Coast.
AmeriCares relief workers have reached out to more than 100 health clinics, food banks and other agencies with offers of assistance. The global health and disaster relief organization also has aid workers ready to be deployed at a moment’s notice.
Please click Donate in support of our relief efforts. Then, select the "Create Your Own Fundraising Page" button on the right to become a fundraiser for this cause.
Thanks so much.