Three years ago today, Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast. Homes and neighborhoods throughout the area were destroyed, leaving millions of people in harm's way. It was a terrifying time for all of us, but today I can't help but think of all of the kindness we’ve seen in the recovery.
One of our favorite stories involves a small community in Vermont that banded together in the days following the storm. This community was devastated by Hurricane Irene in 2011, so after Sandy hit they knew that we would need some help. Lowell’s Moving & Delivery Company and a group of Vermont residents took action by organizing a “Fill a Truck” event for Sandy victims. They got Star 92.9FM, a Burlington radio station, on board to promote the collection and together they drummed up enough support to fill a truck full of food and supplies for those in need. Lowell’s then drove hundreds of miles to CUMAC to deliver the supplies, which we sorted and distributed to thousands of victims throughout the area. Here are some photos from the delivery.
Countless others rallied to the cause as well, with donations pouring in to CUMAC by the truck load from all over the country. A borrowed 77,000 sq foot warehouse, hours of staff and volunteer overtime, and an incredibly responsive network of relief groups up and down the shoreline allowed us to help get needed goods to areas impacted by the storm as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Three years after the storm we still have a long way to go with recovery, but we salute all who have been a part of the rebuilding process. The Vermont crew is just one of many stories that capture the kindness of our neighbors near and far.
We hope that we never see another storm like Sandy again, but we take comfort having witnessed how quickly and compassionately people from all walks of life come together to support each other in the face of disaster. For CUMAC's part, we know we have an incredible network that can rally together to make a huge impact during times of crisis. Your generosity not only ensures that we can provide relief during times of disaster, it also helps keep our community hunger-free on a daily basis. We couldn't do it without you. Thank you for helping us serve our community.