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Favorite Things Right Now (Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser Style)! (1)

A lot of bloggers post lists, links, videos, pictures of their favorite things at the moment. These are some of MY favorite posts to read. You get to see things you may not normally have come across and you get an insight to what they are interested in!

So, I decided to do the same. Because I have favorite things too. A lot of them. No better place to start than with how awesome people are coming together to raise money for Hurricane relief efforts!

Today: Hurricane Sandy Fundraisers

1. Jersey Unite: As a native to the Jersey Shore, seeing the destruction of our hometowns was absolutely devastating. Jenny Gassner (whom I’ve known since middle school) designed three different Jersey Shore t-shirts available for purchase to help with the relief effort. More than 50% of the profits will be donated to the Red Cross or to a specific family in need in the area that I grew up.

(from left to right) The t-shirts feature Bon Jovi “Living on a Prayer” lyrics, Bruce Springsteen “Rosalita” lyrics and Jersey Shore town names written into the words!

I OBVIOUSLY bought the Bruce Springsteen shirt!

Note: If you order a shirt, it is pre-ordered!

2. Megan’s fundraiser/giveaway for Staten Island relief efforts: Born and raised in Staten Island, Megan feels the way toward SI as I do toward the Jersey Shore. She created a giveaway on her blog that is also a fundraiser. Donate money = get an entry. Donate more money = get more entries. The best part? She has AMAZING sponsors donating the prizes. Please head over to her blog and consider donating to the relief effort in Staten Island (and enter to win some awesome prizes)!

Photo Courtesy of Megan

3. A Wedding Registry to help a fellow HLB who lost everything to Sandy! Where do I begin with this? Ashley and her husband are amazing and came up with the idea to create a registry on the Target website for all essential items including furniture, kitchen and bath items, electronics and personal items for her and her husband as well as their two kids!

Even more awesome? Ashley was interviewed by ABC News about the fundraiser. We are that much closer to helping Jen’s family rebuild! Please share the registry and consider purchasing any items (they are shipped to Jen and her family)! The smallest purchase goes a long way.

4. Custom Erica Sara Designs necklace giveaway! Christine has very graciously offered to donate $1 for every entry received. Yes, add them to the beautiful human list. 100% of the donation will go to the Brooklyn Recovery Fund to be used to support storm recovery efforts in Brooklyn. The funds will provide direct support for need to communities and organizations impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

5. Runners running for Sandy relief! Crowdrise makes it SUPER EASY to set up a fundraising page. Please consider donating to Lora’s page and Katie’s page (who I will be side-by-side with at the Richmond Marathon this weekend)! Both have set up the fundraiser to benefit the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC! 100% of the donations from organizations and individuals are being dispersed to relief effort organizations, which purchase immediate aid needs such as food, water and hygiene supplies as wells as long-term relief and restoration efforts!

6. Virtual Run for Sandy Recovery 

Lora and Kara created a fun and easy way to raise money for Sandy Recovery. We are all going to be running anyway right? They figured, donate some money and they will organize a Virtual Race with PRIZES! Win/Win if you ask me. All of the proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross.

How to participate:

  1. Run a race of any distance the month of November. There are SO many to choose from!
  2. Register for the Virtual Race for Hurricane Sandy here.
  3. Pledge your donation here (a minimum donation of $10 requested). Once again, ALL proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross.
  4. Tell all of your friends that you are participating and invite them to join us, too.
  5. Run your race and tell us how you did! Make sure to send us pictures.
  6. Win Prizes.

You can join and participate up until November 30.

7. Daily Zeel Pinterest page created by Stacy (she is an employee)! She pinned fundraisers, giveaways, and/or discounts for Hurricane Sandy relief. Please visit the page and check out all of the amazing opportunities to give back!

8. Surfrider Foundation, NYC – Rory, a friend I used to work with, is collecting supplies and donations needed (click on link) at his bar, Blue Haven (108 W. Houston & Thompson in Greenwich Village). Rory will be delivering the supplies on Saturday afternoon (Nov 10) to Far Rockaway to Surfrider Foundation that will distribute all of the donations to those in need!

9. Jen’s Cheribundi Giveaway (Donate for Entries)! Jen has chosen two charities to benefit from the donations (50/50).

Stephen Siller Foundation (to benefit Staten Island)

Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund (to benefit NJ)

She has also agreed to match up to $50 and her parents agreed to match that donation as well! The giveaway ends November 14.

Note from Ashley: To volunteer directly with the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, please call the state hotline at 1-800-Jersey-7. They can help point you in the right direction! Visit their Facebook page for more information!

10. Wish Upon a Hero Fundraiser to benefit the Everett Family – Please support these four children who lost both parents in the storm when a tree crashed into their car. The two youngest children were in the backseat when their parents were killed but survived. This family has a long road ahead of them!

Please do whatever you can to help. It is needed desperately. Please share, pin and comment to get some attention to these great causes!

If you know of any other organizations (or blog fundraisers!), please let me know and I will add them to the list!


Post-Sandy and NYC Marathon Cancel: Things I Learned, Always Knew and am Clueless About

Things I learned this past week:

  • I have NEVER in my life been more proud to be from the Jersey Shore. We all know what Hurricane Sandy devastated many areas, especially the Jersey Shore, my hometown of Point Pleasant included. I have always cherished where I grew up. A majority of my memories from childhood through high school involved the beach and the boardwalk. I went home on Wednesday this week and walked along the beach and took in the sights. Sandy destroyed everything. It will be rebuilt but it will never be the same. Although an understatement, I am grateful that my family and friends are safe. Everyone who escaped with minimal or no damage is coming together to help friends and family and perfect strangers that are in need. #JerseyStrong
  • I have NEVER in my life been more upset that I do not live closer to home. I feel completely helpless right now. I have donated to the Red Cross and other fundraisers that friends have created and I have gone home a couple of times and helped out where I can. Fizz and I went out tonight and bought supplies to donate (cleaning supplies, blankets, baby formula, diapers, OTC medicine, plastic utensils and paper plates, and fleece blankets)! I feel guilty about sitting on my couch right now with internet and cable and lights and hot water when others have absolutely nothing. I already know I am going to feel guilty about sitting at my desk at work all week when I could be helping a family somewhere.
  • I never thought I would care less about running the NYC Marathon. I was so emotionally invested in what was happening in my hometown and surrounding towns (as well as the NYC boroughs hit) that running the race was nowhere near the front of my mind at any point. The 2012 NYCM was a race I have been working toward since January 2011. I spent a lot of money running NYRR races to qualify and I spent a lot of time away from family and friends to train. It was supposed to be a runner’s dream come true, my dream come true. Now, it means nothing in comparison to how I feel about Sandy relief.
  • I need to (a) stop posting when I am drunk or (b) start proofreading if I plan on posting while I am drunk. I wrote this post on Tuesday night. When I went to read some comments, I noticed that I wrote the same word in a row about 281 times and my sentences did not make sense. It was edited (while still drunk), so it probably still doesn’t make sense. Sorry.
  • Besides being a kick-ass runner, Molly Pritz is hysterical. Becki (from The Middle Miles) interviewed Molly and asked some awesome questions. She honestly made me laugh out loud. You can read the interview here!

Things I always knew:

  • I can always trust in Bruce Springsteen. On Friday, a New York and New Jersey born line-up (Christina Aguilera, Billy Joel, Mary J. Blige, Jon Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Brian Williams, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Stewart, Matt Lauer and of course, Bruce Springsteen), performed for the Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together telethon which raised funds for the Red Cross. Bruce concluded with “God Bless New York, God Bless the Jersey Shore.”
  • I love Mizuno Running. Beth and I spent a majority of our time at the Mizuno booth at the expo yesterday. We bought shoes and learned and laughed a lot. We were there when we found out about the marathon being canceled and the reps working were the absolute best.
  • I make interesting decisions when I drink tequila. Post zero-reaction/blank stare for an hour NYCM cancelation, I went out and had 24 margaritas and now I am running the Richmond Marathon on Saturday November 10. I’ve been tapering for 4 weeks now. I do not even know if my legs can carry me 26 miles anymore. Good thing about Richmond: It is America’s Friendliest Marathon and I will not be anywhere near alone. The “No-NYCM” has left a lot of runners hungry for a race. So far, #TeamRichmond includes Katie, Meggie, Leticia, Fiona, Jess, Gia, Katie, my friends Laura and Sky and Dori, always. Dorothy is also running so I hope to meet her! I believe there are more too, I just do not know them (yet) but I am positive we will be friends after America’s Friendliest Marathon.

  • I love tequila.
Things I am not sure about yet (I’ll get back to you):
  • Can I really run two marathons in one week? I am running the Richmond Marathon on November 10 and the Philly Marathon with Melissa on November 18. Laura, please help.
  • Can I lose the 10+ pounds I have gained while tapering? This is not a joke. I drank (way) too much /everyday and stopped eating healthy. Shit needs to change.
  • Will the NYCM ever be the same? The controversy makes me think it may lose some of its appeal in the future.

OK enough about me. Take a minute and donate to something, somewhere for Sandy relief.

If you want to help a specific family, please consider donating to Jen’s. She is a fellow healthy living blogger and marathoner who lost everything (her house, car and almost her husband) in Staten Island when Sandy came through like a raging bitch. You can donate to her family by clicking here.

If you live near Point Pleasant, go to the Masonic Lodge in Point Pleasant Beach next to Jersey Mike’s Subs on Route 35 South/New Jersey Avenue beginning at 8AM. They will be sending volunteers to homes that need help cleaning up the damage and destruction. It would be helpful if you brought gloves and masks (if you have them).

If you live near any other hard hit area (Breezy Point, Rockaway, Coney Island, Staten Island, Hoboken, cities on Long Island and any others), donate food. Be sure to look up the needs of shelters in the areas before dropping off material donations!

If you want to set up your own fundraising for someone or for a certain charity for Sandy relief, it is simple to create on Crowdrise. (i.e. Lora created a page to support the Mayors Fund and Lora created a page for a virtual run to raise funds for relief efforts).

If you are not local and cannot donate supplies or hard labor (seriously, its messy), make a monetary donation the Red Cross. Text REDCROSS to 90999 and you will have donated $10. It is that simple.

If you love animals: (1) Text HUMANE to 80888 and you will have donated $10 to the Humane Society of the US (or click here for an online donation). (2) Click here to donate to the ASPCA! A lot of animals were displaced because of this storm, please consider this option as well.

Sending thoughts and love to everyone in need ❤