Community Endures in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy

| November 15, 2012 | 2 Comments

On the morning of October 30, 2012, millions of Americans awoke to unimaginable destruction and despair. Almost immediately, families, friends and complete strangers banded together to rebuild neighbourhoods shattered by Hurricane Sandy.

Like many of you, we’re still in shock after watching Hurricane Sandy wreak havoc on the East Coast earlier this month, leaving our friends and colleagues without power, water or shelter. Since then, we’ve watched friends and acquaintances in the travel industry to come to the aid of others. We were particularly moved by the response of the Rhode Island office of G Adventures—for whom I work—who responded to the plight of the families of two of our employees. They had grown up in the hardest hit parts of New Jersey—the Rockaways. An appeal went out by email for donations, and within a few hours, one of my office mates in Toronto had offered to drive to New York with a car full of supplies for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The truest measure of a community isn’t how many people it includes—but what those people can accomplish. Here’s what my colleagues south of the border are doing to help those affected by Sandy.

Kathryn and I are continually amazed by the power of community when it’s used to raise donations, offer assistance or generate awareness for a cause. We’re inspired by all those who’ve come together to help.

Sometimes, it takes the absolute worst to bring out our very best. I am so very proud of the people with whom I work for their passion and commitment. Floodwaters recede. Headlines fade. Even scars heal with time. But communities endure.

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For nearly ten years now, Daniel of Two Go Round-The-World has explored how travel captures our imagination and engages our deepest emotions. One half of the duo that maintains the widely read Two Go Round-The-World blog, Daniel treats his subjects not only as works of art but also as symbols of the cultural and political forces that inspire them. His latest book, The Physics of Flocking, gathers his favourite writing featured over the past two years on Two Go Round-The-World in columns like 'Looking Back' and 'The Whole Picture'—along with new reflections.

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  1. Jeremy says:

    wow, that was a really powerful video. I’m from Philly and seeing an independent video like that hit home a lot harder than what you see on the news…

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