Shielagh Shusta Hochberg, Ph.D. - Personal Growth Throughout the Life Cycle
Meditations and Reflections

How Can We Be of Help?

All of us in the Greater New York area are in shock 
after Hurricane Sandy, some of us from direct traumas experienced through profound loss of life or limb, home and/or possessions; some from vicarious trauma as the magnitude of the devastation reaches us via the accounts of friends, family and colleagues or those brought to us via television coverage and social media. One of the healthiest things any of us can do is help another at times such as these.

What Can We Do?
Obviously we can make donations to trusted organizations such as the American Red Cross, and many of us have done so. 

But we are hearing reports that certain hard-hit areas have yet to see significant aid from that corner. So here are some other ways you can help:

  • A Friend of a colleague, after touring Far Rockaway and seeing the urgent need there, writes:

"If you can get out there to help -- great.  If not,  YOU can still help.  You can SEND supplies by ordering on the web, many sites offering FREE SHIPPING. For example - blankets - $10 on AMAZON... or the like.At, you can get discount coupons and FREE SHIPPING!
You can Google for COUPON CODES TO GET $5 or $10 off your order and THEN go to where your coupon will be activated. 
SUGGESTIONS OF HELPFUL THINGS TO ORDER ARE:-cleaning supplies (for mildew/mold) like Lysol type products, sponges, baby wipes/hand wipes, toilet paper, energy bars, Ensure products, warm gloves and socks, diapers (esp. toddler sizes), baby formula and baby wipes, flashlights, batteries, boots, , stick-n-click lights... think survival mode.
My friends in Israel, London, LA, Minneapolis, Michigan, Ohio and Florida have already done this and they said it feels great to actually "DO" something fast to help in an impossible situation.
Please ship orders directly to: 
c/o City Councilman James Sanders Jr.
1526 Central Ave
Far Rockaway, NY 11691"

Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope is joining with Occupy Sandy, a grassroots effort and offshoot of Occupy Wall Street, soliciting donations of supplies and volunteers willing to help distribute them, posted on Twitter: 
OccupySandy: Vols & Supplies needed @ 274 Garfield Pl Park Slope: Water/Blankets/D-Batts/Candles/Socks  CongBethElohim." 
Visit the links above for more information.

Use Your Tools

For those agitated and anxious by all this chaos, please remember to use your tools to help bring down distress. Reviewing my past blog posts will link you to the iPhone app PTSD Coach, Calm Radio and other tools I've suggested to many. If you have medications to be used under extreme anxiety and distress, please remember to use them,--as prescribed, of course. Some find the homeopathic Bach Flower Remedies calming and helpful for various problems and these are available in health food stores and some drugstores. You can learn more here

Meditation is another tool I recommend that can bring a welcome respite. Just a few minutes can restore you to greater equilibrium, and it can even calm those with whom you come in contact as you give off a calmer vibe. Scientific? Not so much, but anecdotally I can tell you it is so. 

My thoughts are with all 
who suffer at this time.

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