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If you are like me, you may have friends or family of friends who struggling to recover from Sandy, but are fairly removed from being able to provide help aside from Red Cross donations. This morning I spoke to a friend whose brothers and sisters in her hometown are scattered all around the area, whole families doubling up with friends and coworkers, with kids who won't go back to school sometime next week, in some temporary location, maybe.  The stress is crushing.

Just now on Here and Now, I heard a story about two OWS activists who have launched Occupy Sandy and are providing on-the-ground supplies via an Occupy Sandy Wedding Registry on Amazon.  This works exactly like online wedding registries you are familiar with; but instead of china and color-coordinated towels, the items listed as "needed" are batteries, diapers, hammers, and even patio heaters which could be invaluable as the temperature goes down.  It looks like Amazon has discounted many of the items, and there are lots of price ranges to choose from. The OWS volunteers are providing the logistics for getting the items to the right places on the ground.

Looks like a great way to support devastated families in the area and also show some love to OWS for their continued ingenuity.  If you have a minute to check it out and donate, please do, and pass the word.

Originally posted to Domestic Elf on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 10:04 AM PST.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street.


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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    “No, Governor Romney, corporations are not people. People have hearts. They have kids. They get jobs. They get sick. They cry. They dance. They live, they love, and they die, and that matters. That matters.” ~Elizabeth Warren

    by Domestic Elf on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 10:04:39 AM PST

  •  Getting what they need (4+ / 0-)

    is so very important.

    But here's is a thought for those who know people who have lost everything due to this storm.

    Last night me sister broke down and mourned her lost 'treasures'.  Not very high on the list of must haves, but the loss of twenty-five years of collected bric-a-brac, Precious Moments statues, little knick knack souvenirs of  family vacations, reminders of the life she and her husband created for their children are gone.

    This brings new meaning to the term 'starting over'.  So this year for Christmas I am going to help ease her pain by replacing some of her Precious Moments collection and some of her holiday figurines.

    If you know someone who has lost their little 'treasures', what greater gift can there be?

    Except maybe a heater.  That's my donation.

    Growing old is inevitable...Growing up is purely optional

    by grannycarol on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 10:21:12 AM PST

  •  The utility situation is a growing scandal (3+ / 0-)

    I have been diarying about Occupy Sandy' Amazon registry since I first saw it on Monday. Thanks for this post, and for promoting the opportunity.

    The utility companies are completely overwhelmed and unable to deal with the need.

    NY1 reported this morning that Con Ed was communicating with customers via email. Email? Yes, via email to customers that have no email.

    •  Compared to NYSEG, Con Ed is amazing. (2+ / 0-)
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      LilithGardener, Domestic Elf

      Someone told my mother that NYSEG is now owned by a Spanish corporation (from Spain,  that is), who fired/replaced a lot of management & cut the work teams way down. The rant Mom heard was all about how infrastructure shouldn't be in the hands of foreign nationals, but even without the xenophobic elements, there are problems with non-local bureaucracies running essential systems.

      Plus, of course, the status quo has changed. We just *need* to bury most power/etc lines out of the cities -- we're going to keep getting tree-killing storms (several per season, no less), and short of deforesting the northeast, they'll keep bringing down power lines. Yes, it's a lot of work; and yes, it's more trouble for repair teams to dig things up to fix them - but the next windstorm will bring down fewer customers, so there'll be less massive work to do.

      Besides -- people need jobs, yes?

      My cable keeps going out (I've got a good collection of those "Your service is now connected" emails from cablevision), so I've had much less time online than usual, but I've been wanting to find out who's working on utility/power reform in the area. There's got to be some activist community already looking at the issues...

      (Also: we need a distributed power grid. Rather than a handful of power-generating sites connected to each user, we need many smaller sites -- solar, wind, biogas, whatever -- generating & distributing electricity. Internet-style architecture vs. the broadcast-tv model. It just works better.)

    •  I am very concerned about this (2+ / 0-)
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      TiaRachel, LilithGardener

      particularly in public housing, particularly housing for the elderly.  

      There folks can't suffer no power and, from what I hear, no heat and no running water, as they are.

      "To recognize error, to cut losses, to alter course, is the most repugnant option in government." Historian Barbara Tuchman

      by Publius2008 on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 12:35:58 PM PST

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      •  That's because the heat, hot water, and elevators (0+ / 0-)

        may be powered by steam. There are buildings that have electricity back but no heat, hot water, or elevator service.

        And they may have a gas stove, which if they use it for heat is a hazard not only for them, but increases the risk of fire or explosion for everyone.

  •  What a good idea! I just ordered (3+ / 0-)
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    TiaRachel, Domestic Elf, sillia

    some nice, warm socks for them.  Gotta love the creative grassroots!

  •  isn't there a conflict between burying & flooding? (0+ / 0-)

    burying utilities keeps them safe from the trees, but doesn't it make them even more vulnerable to rising sea level???

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 07:23:29 PM PST

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