Yes, it is make a difference day….make sure you vote and
keep reading for how we can directly help some hurricane victims! 

My advice for voting attire would be the same as dressing to
shop Black Friday…seriously!  Make sure you
Wear comfortable shoes
Wear layers…it may be cold when you get in line and gradually warm up as you stand there awhile.
 Wear a smile and patience…just like Black
Friday, someone will probably push or say something stupid which will test all
of your poise and grace.  Don’t give in…hold
your tongue…keep smiling and you will enjoy the process much better!
But, honestly, it is more important that you vote than worry about what to wear!!

Now, as I was watching interviews with victims of Hurricane
Sandy, I felt this gripping urge to help, but had limited resources to do
so.  What does someone do who has plenty
of extra “stuff” but not a lot of extra cash to send to the Red Cross?  I went right to a contact on the scene, the
fabulous blogger Jill of Everything Just So
She is in Manhattan and surrounded by the devastation.  Jill got right on it and after several
emails, sent this one:
Hi Pam,


Okay, so one lead has come through. They are definitely taking donations at Camp Olympia, which is the pool where my son takes swim lessons, which is actually located in John Jay High School, a school close to me on 7th Avenue. I’m including the link so you can see how I found out about this:


http://campolympiany.com/


I emailed Tracey and she says there is a need and she herself is working with a local youth group as well, with 25 families who lost everything at Breezy Point and the Rockaways and she says the families have upwards of 3, 4 and 5 kids each. She was excited to hear about the possibility of donations she can deliver herself! I emailed her asking for more specifics regarding what donations they are looking for. I hope to hear back from her later today. 
So, Jill heard back and I would like to encourage others to join us and send
extra clothes, blankets, sheets and toiletries to
Hurricane Sandy Relief
c/o Camp Olympia
7304 5th Avenue
#271
Brooklyn, NY  11209
I am going to begin gathering items and get them in the mail
by the end of the week.  Tracey says
donations will help families in Breezy Point and the Far Rockaways, both in
Queens, and both places hit hard by the storms…I know I watched the fires in
this area on the news with great sadness.  I have always loved Queens. Tracey told Jill the youth group she is working with would make family
specific  packages with any donations
they receive.

Pictures from the devastation in Queens from The Washington Post, October 31

So, how about it bloggers and readers, will you join us?? We can
specifically help families  in a very
direct way!  Let us all make a difference
today!

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