Yesterday as I hunkered down in my home with my family I hoped for the best. I was relieved that the hurricane had been downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it got to

the Albany area, but I still couldn't help but stare at the huge trees surrounding my home and praying one would not fall onto my house. None did. And as I was thankful that the storm, for me anyway, was less destructive than anticipated, I saw on news reports and on Facebook that this was far from the case for some others in the area.

I was absolutely dumbfounded by the images I was seeing and the stories I was hearing about the terrible flooding that many in our region fell victim to.  There are so many people who this morning find themselves homeless, quite literally homeless. There are people who lost their homes, their belongings, their livelihoods. I have found just a few photos that I took off the videos posted on WTEN News 10's website. I think they did an incredible job covering this storm all day long. These images do not even start to show the enormity of the destruction but it does sort of give you an idea.

This morning we tried to raise some money for the Red Cross of Northeastern New York, and I can not stress enough to you how much further we need to go. We can and have to do so much better. These people who were so terribly effected are going to be suffering far longer than those of us who lost power, or need to clean up our yards. I know we can do more. We have spoken to the Red Cross here and we asked what we can do, are there items we can get, food, clothes, blankets etc., they said those are things they will assess of the coming days but what they honestly need right now is money. Cash flow if you will to take care of theses people's immediate needs of clothing and shelter. So I know I will try to think of something else I can do, I am even considering camping out somewhere, "homeless" if you will until I can raise the money they need.

These are our neighbors, our friends, our families effected by this storm. Where else can they turn? Who else will help? With that said I will include the link to the Local Red Cross' website , you can use that to donate on line with your debit or credit card. And please, keep checking back as I will let you know what else we come up with to make donating even easier. I really don't think we can do enough to help those affected and I as one of the lucky who came out of the storm virtually unaffected am glad to do what I can.

God Bless.