Despite what comedians and New Yorkers say about us, New Jersey residents have always come together to support each other in times of need– and Hurricane Sandy and the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund are no exception.
Over the year we have taken alot of ribbing from comedians and New Yorkers who like to make fun of our state, our accents and our personalities. Sure we can be opinionated, dogmatic, pushy, tough, speak with heavy Jersey accents and even sport big hair and long nails.
But the truth is the polar opposite from these generalizations. New Jersey has some of the most well educated residents per capita compared to residents in most states. It also has some of the the most affluent neighborhoods compared to other states. It has beautifully diverse geography including low mountains and sandy beaches that sit produly abutting the Atlantic Ocean.
So when Hurricane Sandy ravaged through our great state wreaking havoc in it’s wake, I think the world may have been a bit suprised by our resolve to come together to assist those in need. Many of us have collected coats, blankets, water, toys, and other critical items that were drowned out by the tides. Many of us also donated time and money to help victims get the resources they so desperately need.
Yogi’s Putting Their Money Where Their Hearts Are
But today, I took part in a whole different type of outreach. Today, I practiced yoga with more than 250 other yogi’s in the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, NJ. The word yoga means “union.” It’s about the union of the mind and the body, the body and the spirit and the union of people. Today citizens from all over New Jersey came together and spent 3 hours sending out positive thoughts, prayers and energy to all New Jerseyans adversley affected by Sandy. We practiced “asanas,” shared stories, collected toys and yes raised some serious money to benefit the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund started by Govenor Christie and the First Lady. To donate please visit:https://sandynjrelieffund.org/index.html.
It was a grass roots movement that was initiated by many yoga teachers who grew up in NJ, came of age going to the Jersey Shore, own homes and own studios and/or teach in NJ. They were able to bring people together for a cause and we were all happy to participate in making this event a resounding success. That’s because we New Jerseyans may be tough, but we have compassion! We love our boardwalk, we love our neighbors and our communities and while we can be knocked down – we come together when it counts. Go ahead late night talk show hosts and New Yorkers- make fun- it’s OK because we wouldn’t want to be anything less. I am proud to be a Jersey girl and everything that goes along with it.
To learn more aobut the organization responsible for this event and many others go to: