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I’m okay…

If you haven’t heard, there was this little thing called Irene that blew through the eastern United States yesterday. Unfortunately, Vermont got hammered.

I got most of my updates on Facebook as friends reported what was happening in their area. The city of Montpelier (my hometown) did a great job of keeping everyone updated.

Lots of folks have asked how we fared and I’m happy to report that we had no damage at all. Not a drop of water entered our home and we never lost power. I am beyond thankful.

I have been touched by everyone’s concern and kind words – it’s greatly appreciated.

I feel really helpless when I see all the devastation around me. I decided to help with the cleanup effort and will be at Kismet tomorrow. I’m trying to keep my week free so that I can volunteer more if needed.

The Red Cross is an obvious choice if you feel moved to make a donation to help with the relief efforts. Another great option is CERF+ (a.k.a. Craft Emergency Relief Fund).

From their website:

CERF+ is a national artists’ service organization whose mission is to safeguard and sustain the careers of craft artists and provide emergency resources that benefit all artists.

I can attest to the super-wonderfulness of this organization, as I worked there for 4.5 years. They helped lots of folks after Katrina and will surely do so after Irene. Your donation will go far in helping a craft artist get back on his or her feet.

And if you know of someone who could use help, please let them know that help is available.

4 Responses to “I’m okay…”

By dinahmow - 29 August 2011 Reply

Glad you’re OK. Yes, I was concerned about my Manhattanites, but I’m afraid it didn’t occur to me to wish you well!
And gold star for being one of the clean-up crew! Seriously, folk who mop up are brilliant. Go!helpers! 🙂

By Elissa - 31 August 2011 Reply

Diane –

I heard a lot today about the politics of getting help and it saddens me. I’m glad that I had the opportunity to help today – it helps me remember how lucky I am.

Elissa

By velma - 1 September 2011 Reply

i am so glad you were spared. i thought of you, and figured you were unpluggerd for a while, at best. i am so glad it was better. my daughter drove by on 89 on monday and said she saw houses under water in montpelier.

By Elissa - 6 September 2011 Reply

Velma –

Montpelier wasn’t under water, but Richmond was – I bet that’s what your daughter saw. Their exit right off the interstate was majorly flooded. I drove by there on the day after the storm and there was water up to car windows. So sad.

Elissa

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