Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey hard and people are still struggling with the damage and its effects.
I was trying to figure out ways in which I could try to help those who have been affected by the storm. My town was hit pretty hard, but we're almost back to normal now, which is why I was shocked to learn how other places in New Jersey were still struggling and so I'm trying to figure out a way to best help them. I feel as if the problem's become out of sight, out of mind, for most of us, so I'm trying to raise awareness that there are still many people struggling. With Thanksgiving coming up, there's so much for us to be thankful for.
My mom talked to people who are organizing the relief efforts and they said that a lot of them are in shock and slowly burning out from all the work. From what I've heard, in Manasquan, 18" of sand in the home is standard, 6" outside is normal. 4' of water is the norm but some have had 6' water marks. Salt water got into the water lines, so many homes have sewage.
I'm hoping that by raising awareness, we can give them something to be thankful for.
What do I plan to do?
I've been a musician for as long as I can remember. I started piano at age 4 and violin at 7. I recently started playing more modern songs and I make cover songs whenever I have the time. So I figured this might be a good way to try to help out. Think of a song that you just love to hear. Something that calms you down or brings back amazing memories.
Don't you think it would sound pretty cool on violin?
Click the link below to vote and in the end, I'll make a medley of the top 4 songs. In exchange, all I ask is that you donate what you can.
I'll send out daily updates with the list of 10 songs in the lead.
Donate $500 or more and I play whatever song you ask.
Donate $1000 or more and I'll play for you in person, if you're within the tri-state area (otherwise I'll do a live video + recording).
All money will be donated to SaveTheChildren in time for Thanksgiving.
What does Save the Children do?
You can read about what Save the Children is doing specifically in response to Hurricane Sandy at the link below.