It has been a very somber week here at Love Jac. Hurricane Sandy hit the New York area on Monday. We are very fortunate to have not been physically affected by the super storm. Emotionally is another story. It has been difficult to see the footage of the Jersey Shore and hear the stories of the families on Staten Island, Long Island, Connecticut, and New Jersey who have lost their homes and loved ones. We have been glued to the news and started following many more government officials on Twitter.
Having such a huge disaster hit our hometown is almost surreal. This is New York City after all. We are strong and tough. I was living in Boston during 9/11 and I can’t even imagine what it must have felt like to live here then. What I do know is I couldn’t be more proud to be a New Yorker today. Without getting too political, I feel confident in Mayor Bloomberg’s leadership. Seeing the response of all the dedicated government employees and watching as the city gets up and running one section at a time is very reassuring.
We have witnessed so many fellow New Yorkers take action and get things done on their own…organizing donations, delivering supplies, and making the lives of their less fortunate neighbors a little bit more comfortable. We feel very fortunate to live in a neighborhood that is so organized they make it almost effortless to do our part.
With all the progress we have made as a city so far, there is still much more that needs to be done. There are people who have lost everything and still do not have power. We have found some great websites that list several ways that we can all help. We wanted to share them with you.
Also, don’t forget it couldn’t be easier to donate $10 to the Red Cross. Simply, text “Red Cross” to 90999. It honestly takes 20 seconds or probably less if you are like my hyper-texting cousins.
In general we believe the best way to bring change to the world is to start with the people in your life…be the best friend you can, appreciate your parents, love your kids with everything you have, say hi to your neighbors, go out of your way to cook a hot meal for someone who might need it, and listen when a friend needs to talk. One of the reasons we started this company is because we believe in the power of sending a card to a friend. If everyone made an effort to make the lives of those around them a little better, the world would undoubtedly be a happier place.
We want to do as much as we can for all those people who were hit by Hurricane Sandy. We will donate 100% of the proceeds from the sale of one of our favorite New York City cards, The Black & White Cookie to the Red Cross. These cookies are iconic New York City. We think they can put a smile on anyone's face. Buy it, feel good about your purchase and then send it to a friend to put them in a better mood. We hope this small gesture can make a big impact.
As the victims of Hurricane Sandy continue to heal and try to put their lives back together, please keep them in your prayers and do what you can. Most importantly, be kind to those people in your life and tell someone you love them.