Hurricane Ian Destroys Much of Southwest Florida

HOW YOU CAN HELP

As many of you know both Fort Myers and Naples Florida were my home for many years. Seeing the level of destruction that swept through Southwest Florida has been hard to watch and heart breaking.

The first responders and government officials are working around the clock to go building to building looking for possible survivors as well as those not so lucky. It takes time. Florida has never experienced storm damage on this level before and the real tolls of lives lost, and damage done cannot be calculated yet.

Getting food, water, basic needs, and clothing to people in the area has proven challenging and many are asking how best to help.

So far what I see is that the CAJUN ARMY is doing a great deal to support SWFL and bringing in supplies as they are able along with assisting in rescue efforts. Please support them with a donation or by purchasing off their “Wish list” on Amazon which then ships to them, and they personally deliver to the affected areas.

Cajun Navy Relief is their website. www.cajunnavyrelief.com

Their wish list which can be used by logging into amazon on your own acct and then choosing off the list located at Amazon.com.

Prayers for everyone in Florida!
Sarah

Hurricane Irma – Looking on the Bright Side

Here in Florida, let’s be honest..for the most part we live a rather idyllic life. Sunshine, sand, great weather, palm trees… it’s vacation central. We get used to it and become complacent and set in our ways. We go about our days living our own lives focused on many of the wrong things – What we don’t have (lack) rather than what we do (abundance). We end up lacking appreciation for the basic beauty in life that we enjoy on a regular basis.

Hurricane Irma has swept through and taken away (temporarily) a lot of that. Washing out properties, blowing down huge trees and leaving us displaced and literally powerless.

What was left? – Each other. A sense of community and ironically for the internet and phones getting spotty if not cut off – a better overall communication.

As we repair, replace and replant – yes let’s return to normal… but if we hang on to just one thing – the actual gift inside of this mess – let us try not to lose what we gained – appreciation of life, of home, of family and even of strangers…


Special thanks to the Weather Channel as well as CNN (for giving us all super duper anxiety) – When Jim Cantore showed up – yeahhhhh…. While I appreciate the tracking and reporting of the hurricane, their unnecessary descriptions of “nuclear hurricane” and “this is what hell is going to look like” didn’t really help the already tense situation. #CalmDownMedia #JimCantoreAHHH!

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Ok, now go plug your phones in! 😉 Thanks for reading.
Sarah