The holiday season is coming to a close and for many of us the memories of Hurricane Sandy are growing a bit distant. The images of her massive devastation are disappearing from the evening news casts and, while relief efforts continue, they are no longer foremost in our minds.
For those affected by the storm and her aftermath, however, this is far from the case. Volunteers and support often flood in immediately after a natural disaster only to peter off along with the media coverage… yet people’s lives have been dramatically altered and the needs remain for months and even years beyond the initial event.
As you look towards this coming year and begin planning vacations and youth retreats, I encourage you to consider ways in which you can make a difference in the lives of those affected by Sandy. Take a moment to talk with your pastor about ways in which your denomination is already involved or contact your local Red Cross to volunteer for ongoing relief efforts.
Don’t have the time for a trip? There’s still plenty you can do! Organize a fundraiser, become an advocate, or make a donation. However you choose to be involved, commit to making a difference and encourage others to do the same!