Oh, the humanity

When I became a mom, I expected the rush of motherly feelings: the urge to nurture, protect and kiss boo-boos all better.

I wasn’t expecting for some degree of these feelings to spill out toward other children.

If I see a little one who is not my own trip or cry or spill, my first reaction is to rush over, hug and fix. A lack of biological linkage doesn’t matter.

I’m feeling the same urge now, only this time the ones in need are New York and New Jersey.

You’ve all seen the news coverage — photo after photo, video after video, story after story of people who have lost their homes, clothes and cars to Hurricane Sandy. Some even lost loved ones.

I see the most pain in the eyes of parents who can’t keep their kids safe and warm anymore. Imagine being unable to supply even a pair of socks to a little one relying on you for everything.

Take that sympathy and go shopping, please. Stand in the store aisle and pretend you’re buying socks for your own child. She needs some underwear and gloves, too. A decent pair of pants for your son, maybe a winter hat for the cold that is surely coming?

Then take those things (and maybe some gently used but still-nice items from your own home) and donate to one of the great Pocono-area organizations that will take it to hurricane victims in need. See the list here.

Your donation doesn’t have to be expensive — just warm, functional and wrapped in love for the children of the world.

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