Most of us think nothing of having a warm bed, a strong roof and four sturdy walls, heat, running water, food, power, refrigeration, and nice clothes. However, many in this world don’t have those things everyone often takes for granted.
I’ve lived through two huge floods, two horrible blizzards that caved in roofs of local businesses and our neighbors’ homes, also cutting people off from supplies and medical help. And years ago, when I was pregnant with my second child, we were kicked out of our rental home because the landlady sold it out from under us. After it was all said and done, I discovered there were laws that protected us, but being young and dumb, I discovered myself 6 months pregnant and with a thirteen-month-old living in a hunting camper with no running water. We bathed in a rain barrel each evening, and turned the electric on only to power the fridge and watch a little TV at night. Entertainment was primarily watching the sunset and playing with my son.
Thankfully my parents helped us find a small apartment, so we were only in that camper trailer for three months, but it put life in perspective for me, so I’m thankful for that time.
The people who endured Hurricane Sandy a.k.a. Super Storm Sandy need our help. This storm system swept the Eastern U.S. Coast in the fall of 2012, but even now in late February 2013, many residents are still without homes, heat, power, clean water, three meals a day, and then some. Much of the financial aide for the devastated areas comes from the Salvation Army, Red Cross, various charities, and fundraisers (don’t even get me started on the government’s “aid!” I could rant for hours.).
I truly sympathize with the victims of the storm.
Whenever I watch the news and see reports about parts of New York, Connecticut and many other coastal states, it never ceases to stun me how so many have nothing. Hotels and motels are packed with people who have nowhere else to go. Many families live together in the rare dwellings that escaped terrible damage. Shelters are overflowing. People are living in apartment buildings void of windows and doors…
My experiences have taught me to never take anything for granted, and I hurt for those I hear about who lose everything. I pray often for the victims of that awful storm.
When I heard about the We Love NY Anthology to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy, I jumped at the chance to write a story for it (writing as F.L. Bicknell). The antho has a wide array of wonderful romantic tales, and 10% of the proceeds go to the Red Cross to benefit the victims of that tragic storm.
Please buy a copy to help people rebuild, get clean water, keep warm, restore utilities and more. Purchase one for yourself and buy one for a friend or relative. Pay it forward. One day, God forbid, you might find yourself in a similar situation. Helping one another is what we’re meant to do.
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F.L. Bicknell’s work has appeared in a wide range of genres and publications such as: Would That It Were, Touch, GC, and Ohio Writer Magazine as well as publications in Canada and Turkey. Under her now-retired pseudonym, Molly Diamond, she was a regular contributor to Gent and Ruthie’s Club and has had fiction published in Hustler’s Busty Beauties, Penthouse Variations, and Twenty 1 Lashes. Ms. Bicknell is the author of several e-book and print titles, also writing as Azura Ice, Amber Redd, Cutter Phoenix, and Kiyara Benoiti. She has served as co-editor and managing editor for three different publishing houses. She is represented by TriadaUS Literary Agency.
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