Help Hurricane Sandy Victims

As we enter this beautiful, crazy, wonderful, stressful holiday time, I can’t help but think of all the people who are displaced, all the children attending new, strange schools, and all the parents who can’t make this a happy season for their families. Like me, you may be looking for a way to help those badly affected by Sandy. Listed below are five families who could use your help. They may not be the most needy of those devastated by Sandy, but in them, you might see yourself.  I can personally attest, while their hope is strong and their character is unwavering, their needs are great. Perhaps, you and a group of friends can get together and adopt a family. It is a great project for a group of teens. Please help us make their holiday a little brighter and their lives a little less stressful. They are all in temporary housing situations, therefore, while I know you may have much to give them, they can’t take actual things at this time. The rebuilding process is far away. What they can desperately use are gift cards to stores where they can buy Christmas presents for the kids, staples for their makeshift homes and other necessities. If you’d like to help, please email us directly. Every dollar will go to the family you choose, or if you prefer to write a check, we will divvy up the funds.  Dropping off supplies at a church and donating to the Red Cross is very generous, but this is a great opportunity to help in a very personal way.

1 – Regina and McCabe
Regina is a single mother of 8 yo McCabe.  McCabe was born deaf and blind. At birth, he was given one year to live. Through the work of modern medicine and prayer he is now a happy 2nd grader, enrolled at PS 114. He is doing very well in a mainstream class with the help of his aide. He is now in temporary housing in Brooklyn at a new school. You can imagine how difficult this must be for him. Regina’s job as an accountant for a non-profit was lost due to the storm as well.

2 – Brendan and Jeanne
Children: Brian 8, Kaitlin 4 and Kasey 2
Their home in Breezy Point was destroyed by Sandy and after moving 5 times, they recently found an apartment in Marine Park, Brooklyn.

3 – Dawn and Richie
Children: Richie 12, Sean 10, Kristen 8
Dawn lost both her parents in high school, Richie lost his dad to cancer a couple of years ago and now, they lost most of their things and much of their home to Sandy. Dawn is a Catholic School teacher in Brooklyn and her husband is an electrician.  They moved into a small apt in Brooklyn. They are devastated, but hope someday to rebuild in Breezy Point.

4 – Monica and JD
Children: Charlotte and Caroline 8, Bradley 4
JD is NYPD. Monica is a full time nurse.Their house was destroyed and gutted. They are living with family in Long Island, the children are at new schools. They are hoping to start the process of rebuilding as soon as possible.

5 – Timmy and Noelle
Children: Francie 5, Ellie James 3 1/2, Tess 2 1/2
Timmy lost his brother Jimmy on 9/11. You have probably seen his story. Timmy’s father, James Sr. has been very active in post-9/11 events and causes. He was one of the few chosen to meet with President Barack Obama after Osama Bin Laden was found and killed.
Timmy is FDNY. They lost their home and are living with family in an apartment in Brooklyn.


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Author: Karen Latimer

Dr. Latimer is a Family Physician and Wellness Coach. She helps clients with parenting issues, the challenges of college and young adulthood and issues related to health and habits. Email her at to learn more. She is the author of the Audible Original, Take Back the House -- Raising Happy Parents.


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