2017-09-27 / Editorials

During Adversity We Must Come Together

The Earth is being bombarded by disasters lately it seems. No one is immune, or exempt from nature’s fury. Many of us in the US may not be accustomed to being on the receiving end of such troubles – and aid – but it is happening that way at the moment. In addition to people from all regions within the US helping the most recently hit areas, people from all over the world are coming to our rescue, and for that we are grateful. In the words of The Beatles, in the Lennon- McCartney song, we must and do “Come Together.” As we face earthquakes and hurricanes, and who knows what else, we, in the most culturally diverse county in the world always pitch in and contribute in every way we can. We are famous for that. Help can be as simple as a prayer, making donations, opening one’s home to a neighbor, or even physical rescue. When everyone rallies around and donates, even small amounts, humanity is indomitable. It is very similar to voting, in fact. We see the difference when results are tallied. It never makes sense to just throw one’s hands in the air and give up. Just as we each have our one vote, we are not deterred or embarrassed by the sometimes small donations we are only able to give. One might be feeling overwhelmed in these times, with the confluence of catastrophes occurring right now, but if we each even pick one place to help, it makes all the difference. Many make small monthly automatic donations to highly rated charitable organizations. The money is never missed by them, and it does immeasurable good. In addition, there are always drives to donate to, and fundraisers to attend or even organize. When everyone chips in, the human spirit is invincible.

So whether it is Florida, Texas or Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and anywhere else that was hit, our hearts and prayers go out to those affected, and to the many New Yorkers with relatives in Puerto Rico that they cannot reach. Our thoughts are with you.

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