One iQer's Coat Drive for Hurricane Sandy Relief

Dec 20, 2012 — Mary Wilkins
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Back in October, I watched in disbelief, along with everyone else, as Hurricane Sandy, a.k.a. “Frankenstorm,” headed straight for the Northeast, and in particular New York and New Jersey.

It seemed unbelievable, that a storm of this magnitude could hit that area. I don’t know why -- a storm can certainly hit anywhere -- but somehow, so many people seemed to not believe it was going to happen. Well, it did, as predicted, and the devastation and damage to those areas was epic.

I’m a born and bred New Yorker and I really felt like I needed to do something to help, so I decided to organize a coat drive.

I saw a documentary about the storm on Nova, called "Inside the Megastorm" (really worth watching), and was utterly amazed at how all the elements of nature came together to create the epic monster storm. It was truly unbelievable.

I’m a born and bred New Yorker and I really felt like I needed to do something to help, so I decided to organize a coat drive.

iQmetrix agreed to sponsor me, and I could spend the money in whatever way I thought was best. I contacted everyone I knew in Charlotte and got a terrific response. I ran around collecting coats from various people, and then spent a bit of time calculating what I thought shipping costs would be, and how much I had leftover to buy coats.

On the day I began collecting coats, it was sunny and warm in Charlotte; I was in jeans and a t-shirt as I drove around buying the coats and supplies. It was a very emotional day. As I was on my way, I was thinking to myself, "Here I am, having just left my beautiful home, for which I am so grateful, I don’t even need a coat today and there are thousands of people who have no home and nothing left.”

I collected 60 coats. It really is better to give than to receive.

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Wow. I collected and shipped 60 coats to New York. It felt so good to do that, and it really drove home the message, “'Tis better to give than to receive.” I plan to continue to do whatever I can to help out my fellow New Yorkers over the course of time, as it is going to take years for them to recover.

Thank you iQmetrix for sponsoring this. I really appreciate it!

-- Mary Wilkins is an iQmetrix Professional Services specialist. She lives and works in Davidson, NC. --

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