“The devastation on the Jersey Shore is some of the worst we’ve ever seen. The cost of the storm is incalculable at this point.” ~ New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
Hello friends! I’m just sending up a flare to let you know that we are safe. Thank you for all the emails, messages on Facebook and prayers.
On Saturday we received notice for voluntary evacuation. We prepared for the worst but hoped for the best possible outcome. Thomas decided he was not going to abandon ship and sent me on my way, which turned out to be the same destination as Sandy. (I grew up and still own a home in Ocean County and have family there.)
The Fairfield House is still standing. A room off our kitchen which was originally a porch but enclosed by one of the previous owners lost part of its ceiling/roof. We had planned on replacing it later rather than sooner–it’s been disintegrating since the day we moved in. The roof has no pitch which causes rain and snow to accumulate and eventually ends up on my hardwood floors. All things considered,we are blessed. We still have our home, something not true for so many in the city where I was born or the town, beaches and boardwalks where I grew up.
Family, friends, and neighbors have experienced the devastation and are in desperate need of life’s basics — food, dry clothes, disposable diapers for babies, blankets. To donate to the relief effort, visit www.redcross.org or call 800-RED- CROSS. Donations of $10 can also be added to your cellphone bill by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999. For information, visit redcross.org or http:// blog.redcross.org.