Hurricane Sandy Victims Need Your Help

October 31, 2012
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What’s left of the Seaside Heights, NJ, Casino Pier amusement area. Note the roller coaster skeleton lying in the ocean.

I don’t normally digress from posting the great business- and personal development-centric information that Dale Carnegie Training of Central & Southern New Jersey is famous for, but today we’re going to make an exception.

You see, over the past several days I joined my fellow New Jersey residents as we watched Sandy come up the coast and take a left-hand turn, setting her sights directly on us. We watched her crawl toward us like a heavyweight boxer’s left hook coming at us in slow motion, and there wasn’t a damn thing we could do to stop her.

And when she hit…she hit hard.

The landscape of my beloved Jersey shore, where my wife and I have a little summer home we escape to on weekends, has been dramatically changed forever. What were once roads are now rivers; what were once houses and boardwalks are now piles of timber. The skeletons of amusement rides now lie in the ocean like picked over carcasses. I can’t even imagine when I’ll be allowed—or able—to cross the bridges to the Jersey shore’s barrier islands to assess the damage to our home. Most of those bridges are now compromised or under water.

It’s about as bad as it could be here in the Garden State.

If you are able, please consider a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief or any one of several other reputable relief organizations. And please be aware of the many scam relief ploys that are sure to come out in the following days. It’s always best to stick with a well-known organization like the American Red Cross or Salvation Army, where you know your donation will end up helping the victims and not lining someone’s pocket.

Thanks in advance, and I wish everyone affected by Sandy a speedy and wholesome recovery.

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Photo credit: Friends of Midway

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