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Time To Unleash the American Spirit

layopinions Wrote: Nov 06, 2012 3:32 PM
I spent this past weekend in Staten Island helping with the relief effort. My wife's best friend's parents live there a few blocks from the beach. The water filled their basement and came up just above the baseboards on the first floor which is about 4 feet above ground level. As you walk toward the beach, the houses get worse and worse with many marked with red signs forbidding entry due to structural damage or other unsafe conditions. The houses that can be saved need to be cleared out and gutted so that they can start drying up to prevent mold from setting in. Many already had piles of muddy furniture, appliances, carpets and building materials lining the curb out front between the flooded out cars waiting to be towed.
layopinions Wrote: Nov 06, 2012 4:10 PM
It was humbling to see how much they appreciated us being there. Everyone there made sure we were fed and taken care of. We had brought enough food for ourselves so we wouldn't have to dip into the donated food; but they made sure to put aside food for us at each meal and we ended up donating most of the food we brought for ourselves.

We came to a house with a shopping cart full of water, food and clothes and to assess what work needed done. The owner repeated the same thing we had heard from many others, "I'm sure there's someone else that needs it more than me." Even when they've lost almost everything they are still thinking of others.

The people there have a long hard road ahead, but I have no doubt they'll be alright.
layopinions Wrote: Nov 06, 2012 3:55 PM
At the same time individuals, restaurants and organizations kept showing up to unload more food and supplies to be distributed.

Volunteers were organized into crews, provided with gloves and masks and with either their own or donated tools went to the houses that had signed up to have work done. If you want to see a real American hero and a great leader, search google news for "Frank Recce" and read the stories there.
layopinions Wrote: Nov 06, 2012 3:47 PM
You've heard about the Red Cross and FEMA's weak showing there; but don't think these people have been sitting on their butts, complaining and waiting for the government to show up.

It started with a family - who had lost much of their own property - putting out a table offering free food and clothes. It soon became a neighborhood donation center serving thousands of meals a day, providing free food, clothes and toiletries and a base of operations for literally hundreds of volunteers.

Throughout the day people lined up to humbly ask for help. They left with a hot meal in their belly, food and supplies to take home and could sign up to have a crew of volunteers do manual labor at their houses.
With the troubling devastation of Hurricane Sandy on our nation's doorstep -- and so many people in need of food, shelter and emergency services after the storm -- I encourage Americans to reach out to our neighbors and help them through this challenging time.

Sometimes it feels as if America is living through an Armageddon movie. We struggle with a destabilized economy, soaring national debt, an overburdened entitlement system, looming tax hikes, widespread unemployment, class warfare, ongoing wars, the threats of global terror and a nuclear Iran, and internal division and scandals, from "Fast and Furious" to the massacre in Benghazi, Libya....