New York, NY–When I got off of work last Friday, I ran over to the cheap 99-cent store to buy supplies. At first I felt bad that I wasn’t buying a huge load of supplies but my reasoning took over and told me that a little can go a long way. So I bought socks, razor blades, plastic gloves, coloring books, crayons and sponges. I got on the R train and went to the 53rd street stop to get to St. Jacobi Lutheran Church. Arriving at the hospital, I was stunned by all the buzz of activity there and by all of the donations. Everything was organized in and people were sorting things out all over the large room. After dropping off my stuff, I volunteered over at the clothes sorting section. It’s so cool to joke around and do loving work! I got to meet some really wonderful people there and I also was fed some rocking good vegetable soup. So many people came to drop off supplies. I was overwhelmed by the love and generosity. I have such respect for the Occupy Wall Street movement. We don’t give lip service, we go out and do good. Occupy Wall street people are all over the areas stricken by Superstorm Sandy and helping out. Websites all over the place to give people information to get and give help. They got together faster than any help group around and I want to especially target FEMA and the American Red Cross. I will give props for the work that FEMA and The Red Cross is doing but I want to also give my love and respect to people who got together and showed what Do It Yourself motivation can do when you’re not restricted by bureaucratic red tape.
-Barbara R. Lee-