Here in central Arizona, we don’t have hurricanes. Hell, we don’t have any real weather problems aside from the occasional haboob (pronounced ha-bube). Some people may have moved out here to flee the weather, but for the most part, it’s just a benefit of our geography.
Seeing the damage to life and property along the eastern seaboard is saddening, and all of us want to do what we can to help. It is highly commendable, and there are several organizations accepting donations to help out those affected by Hurricane Sandy. I encourage you to follow your heart and donate to a responsible charity that you see fit.
Additionally, I urge you to consider how fortunate we are in this country. Our infrastructure provides excellent resources in times of crisis. Most of our citizens have food and shelter to ride the storm out. Above all else, we know that there is someone who is going to help. We have hope.
Our resources, our safety, and our sense of hope is not known in many parts of the world. As we’ve seen over and over again, natural disasters can decimate third-world countries and exacerbate the poverty that exists. So, as you decide how to help those in need, locally and abroad, please consider buying something from the Ropa de Relief Store or the Rural Roof Project. Your donations make a huge difference in the lives of others.