And you've probably heard about Glenda Moore, the Staten Island mother who lost both of her sons during Hurricane Sandy.
I heard about Glenda's story and I'll be honest - I could not read about her loss. I did not want to imagine a mother losing her two boys: Brandon and Connor Moore. The thought is too painful.
Last week, I was stranded in Texas because of the Hurricane. I could not get home. I could not hold The Boy's hand. And I was a wreck.
But in the grand scheme of things, I was merely inconvenienced. I was safe. The Boy was safe. My home was safe. And within days, I was able to hold The Boy's hand again.
Glenda Moore, cannot say the same. And my mother heart aches for her. Because no mother should ever out live their child. And I cannot imagine the pain, the grief, the inconsolable loss she is feeling.
Before Hurricane Sandy, New Yorkers lived in this bubble. The "it can't happen here bubble." Which is surprising considering, September 11. But still, we live in this bubble.
I lived in this bubble.
Then last night, my friend Renzo, posted on my wall. He said that he and his wife Susanna, know the Moore Family and they were raising money for the funeral costs. And in that one sentence, my bubble was burst.
In a city of 5 boroughs and over 8.3 million people, I had one degree of separation to Glenda Moore. And it made me realize just how vulnerable we all are. New York City is one of the largest and well known in the world and yet it is so small. We are all connected in some way.
I know there are a lot of charities and links and fundraisers for those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Whatever you can donate is greatly appreciated. But if you can spare a few extra dollars, there's a mother in Staten Island who can really use the financial support. Her son's were only 4 and 2 years old. A mother of children so young, could never have prepared for their funeral costs. And she needs your help. Every dollar makes a difference.
If you'd like to donate - please click HERE - and if you can't donate. Please share the fundraising page link with your social networks: http://www.youcaring.com/fundraiser_details?fundraiser_id=12916&url=brandonandconnormoore#.UJUpXZrEvIk.facebook
"[The] page was created to help Glenda and her family raise enough money to purchase two plots for her babies and to give them the respect and funeral they deserve. Please post to your facebook pages and get the word out. Every last penny will go to her in this time of need."
NOTE: It has been brought to Susanna's attention that there are other sites being created to raise money however, Susanna is the only person authorized by the family to collect for them. Susanna grew up with Glenda Moore and is a friend of the family. Susanna is in the process of getting those sites taken down immediately. If you would like to make a donation to the Moore Family please use this link - http://www.youcaring.com/fundraiser_details?fundraiser_id=12916&url=brandonandconnormoore#.UJUpXZrEvIk.facebook