For those of you reading this who are not from New Jersey, I know you have seen the pictures on the news of the destruction here. I’m sure you cringe or just stare at them in disbelief. You can multiply that feeling by a million, for those of us who live here and grew up frequenting the beaches and boardwalks, or spending summer days in Ocean City or Seaside Heights. We stare at the destruction and remember our childhoods, our children’s childhoods, and everything we have ever known, everything we may have even taken for granted, knowing what is it used to look like, in comparison to now.

We all know Mother Nature can be a dangerous force, but to see it firsthand really puts it into perspective. I myself, in my immediate area was very fortunate but many that I know have suffered a great deal. I live in South Jersey not too far from Atlantic City and it’s unbelievable to me that we were spared, especially seeing what has happened to our shore line and beaches including Atlantic City, Ocean City, Wildwood, etc. Homes have been destroyed, schools evacuated, peoples lives have been changed forever. Up and down the coast from New Jersey to New York even inland were not spared Sandy’s fury. Many schools in Central and North Jersey  were shut down and still are due to power outages. My sons college, Rutger’s in New Brunswick was evacuated, and Central and North Jersey’s beaches are virtually unrecognizable.  Gas is at a shortage and is being rationed, the NJ turnpike was jammed packed with people trying to get gas heading south, resulting in gridlock.

Please pray for everyone who was affected by this storm. It will take quite some time to rebuild our beaches and many their lives but rest assure WE ARE JERSEY and it will be done!

Here is the breakdown of Sandy by the numbers:

*At its height, the storm was 1,000 miles wide.

* At landfall in South Jersey, the barometric pressure was 946 millibars, the second lowest of any storm since 1938.

* The storm surge was 14.6 feet

* Maximum rainfall reported was 12.55 inches in Easton Maryland.

*Highest reported wind gust was 139 mph on the top of Mt. Washington New Hampshire.

* The storm killed more than 100 people.

*8.5 million homes and businesses lost power, and many are STILL without power.

* More than 20,000 flights were cancelled.

* Cost of rebuilding 30-50 Billion, the second highest next to Katrina.

* Cost of storm in terms of human misery and suffering………there are not enough numbers to even come close!

To make a donation to help in the relief efforts please visit Red Cross.

Also one of my favorite blog pages posted this amazing way to help!! Please go to Crazy Running Girl for more details, but here is what I copied and pasted from their page!!

How to participate

  1. Run a race of any distance the month of November. There are TONS of fun holiday races this time of year so grab a friend (or two!) and sign up.
  2. Register for the Virtual Race for Hurricane Sandy here.
  3. Pledge your donation (a minimum donation of $10 requested) here. ALL PROCEEDS will be donated to the Red Cross.
  4. Tell all of your friends that you are participating and invite them to join us, too.
  5. Run your race and tell us how you did! Make sure to send us pictures.

Important Information

  1. Register for the Virtual Race for Hurricane Sandy Recovery HERE.
  2. You can join anytime until November 30.  You must run your race by November 30 to be eligible for prizes and virtual swag bag goodies.
  3. Minimum donation is $10, you can donate more if you would like!
  4. ALL PROCEEDS will be donated to the Red Cross. Let’s see how far we can run and how much we can raise!