In November many of us reflect upon the things that we are thankful for. Always topping my list are my children, husband, family and friends. This year, more than ever, I am thankful for things we sometimes take for granted. Electricity, running water, plentiful food, my home, warm clothing and an overall sense of safety and security. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy there are many who have lost these things. The stories about those affected offer reminders of how lucky my family is and has provided opportunities for me to help my children understand how fortunate they are, to teach them about gratitude and to instill in them the importance of helping others. At the young ages of 4 and 7, they were able to help make brown bag lunches this weekend to be delivered to those in New York affected by the storm.
If you are wondering how your family can help those affected by Hurricane Sandy, many local organizations are collecting donations. Once Upon A Child in Danbury is collecting baby items, first aid supplies and other items. Mommy Poppins CT has organized a donation drive at Three Monkeys and Me in Kent. We are collecting diapers, non--perishable food, blankets, camping items, flashlights/batteries and coats for delivery this Sunday. Visit the links for a complete list of items and drop off instructions. The American Red Cross is accepting monetary donations on their website and blood donations at the Fairfield County Blood Donation Center. The Connecticut Food Bank has launched a "Hurricane Sandy Virtual Food Drive" to respond to the rapidly growing need for food donations.