I just got back from buying supplies for Hurricane Sandy victims with your donations. DW readers donated a total of $875, as well as purchased almost $900 worth of supplies through the Occupy Sandy Amazon wish list (I added my commission from those Amazon sales to our collection). Drew and Jackson helped, as well as our friend and neighbor, Mary, who drove us in her SUV which was, thankfully, large enough to hold everything we bought. We got so much stuff! Four overflowing cartloads of supplies, including food, feminine hygiene products, wool socks, and baby supplies. We got so many diapers, we racked up $25 in store credit, which we used to buy more stuff.
After shopping, Drew took Jackson home, and Mary and I drove to the Occupy Sandy donation hub and dropped everything off. We took the food to the kitchen where volunteers cook hot meals for people who still have no power or any way to get food on their own. And we loaded everything else into a truck that is on its way right now to people who need the supplies. How cool is that?
I feel really good about what we did together and you should too. Almost fifty of you donated cash, and countless others purchased supplies through Amazon to send to Occupy Sandy. There were a lot of $5 donations and I know for some of you, that was all you could give and for at least one person, that meant skipping lunch the day she donated. To all of you: thank you! All those donations added up and made a big difference. We did good.