The PCH Community Bands Together After Hurricane Sandy

Dear Friends of PCHSearch&Win,

All of us at PCHSearch&Win want to send our best wishes to those affected by hurricane Sandy.  Many us experienced firsthand the challenges of this storm that ripped through the Northeast on October 29th.

Sandy’s incredibly high winds uprooted countless trees, leaving damage and hundreds of thousands without electricity in the region.  In coastal towns, many homes and cars were flooded.  Sadly, people even lost their lives.

A fallen tree by Amanda C.’s house.

Another fallen tree I encountered on my way home from work.

For probably the first time ever ― our office in scenic Port Washington closed for three consecutive days because of power outages and flooded roads.

But, even the damage of Sandy and ensuing gas shortages could not keep PCH down. Once the company was able to open its doors to employees, it was a friendly place for us to take refuge as we returned to work. Coworkers gathered in hallways swapping tales. Personally, it was nice to leave my candlelit home for the light and power of the office.  Lunch on the company also provided some relief in a challenging situation.

PCH saves the day with lunch!

As colleagues whose power had been restored offered my family and me a place to stay, do laundry, take showers and more, I began to realize how much of a family we truly are at PCH. All over the company, I heard similar stories….

“I was truly touched by the outpour of love and support I saw on Facebook from PCH fans who are truly concerned for Sandy victims. It’s times like these when you realize what truly matters in life ― your family, loved ones, and friends … and PCH fans are truly our friends.” ― Danielle Lam

“Because of the gas shortages, my friend and I have started carpooling every day. We also devised a plan to pair up at the gas station so one of us can wait on line while the other counts the cars in front of us to calculate (within a few gallons) whether the station will have enough. ”Danielle B. 

“I’ve been really moved by how my PCH family has banded together during this once-in-a-lifetime event. We’re all in this together!” ― Matt K.

“My co-worker, Lawrence Y., knew my apartment was getting cold and gave me an AS SEEN ON TV Snuggie. I put it on at night and actually slept well and felt warm. ”― Elliott M.

Yes, Sandy was very powerful. But what’s been even more powerful are the fire fighters and police officers working to keep us safe, often with little sleep. And the crews pouring into our area from all over the country to help restore light and hope back to our region.

So it seems, not even Hurricane Sandy can keep the PCH community down. As Amanda C. says, “While Sandy huffed and puffed and tried to knock us down…we showed her there’s no place like New York.”

For more information as the recovery efforts progress, or how you can help Sandy victims, check out PCHSearch&Win.

Wishing you the best.

Elaina R.
PCH Online Creative

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Michael Rolle said...

New York can come back from Anything!!!together

Kanika Loeung said...

I have relative who meet in this situation too, So sadly!
I am worry about my house that have four big Oak trees that grow on top of my roof. I can’t afford to pay for professionals to remove those trees out.
I wish to win PCH Prize then I’d do everything that I planned.

reeling in the wright time... said...

i’m glad to see that you all were ok through the was scary to see what the storm did to many people on the news,god bless everyone whom pulled through it and many whom did not,i hope everyone gets everything back together if any special possessions were lost of loved ones and they made it be grateful for the real thing,try to keep positive and keep hope in heart that everything will be ok…. i saw that a man got socked hard in the face for helping someone and their anger hurt an innocent person,when all else seems to fail stop a second and pray and shake off the mood swing the storm has hit but your fist did not clear it up…

Deborah Lamash said...

It was a storm that we will never forget, we had trees down all around us too, what I found the most frightening was the sound of the wind during the storm!! it was so loud like the sound of a tornado , we did not know if it was safe in certain parts of our apartment..we are still cleaning up also…..We do not have much being unemployed, but we give or do whatever we can to help out our neighbors and other communities that lost everything, this weekend we plan on going to FDR state park where we usually take our dogs on walks to help out with clean-up ,there is nothing like the feeling you get when you help. All the outpouring of support and donations from all around is heartwarming! just goes to show that everyone will come together in times of crisis! but also remember to keep in your thoughts and prayers the families that lost loved ones, all the other stuff can be fixed or replaced, but a loved one can not.(((((hugs)))

Faith Harris said...

My heart goes out To all that went through that awful storm. Have entered this contest because my life is an awful storm My family need this so much Me and my children are living in a 1 room apartment Next door to my 4 bedroom 2 story house That needs major repair To the people there going through the storm I feel like some Of the things that people there are dealing with How are things that I have dealt with for a long time I’m a single mom the work so full time job My car broke down so I drive an old beat up Chevy pickup That cost me just about 600 a month in gas to get to work I pray every night didn’t my kids and I will win this I wilk still work my job but I will help so many with it I just want to fix my house have a decent car to get back and forth to work It open up my rescue kennel for all the for animals that don’t have anywhere to go Be the kids sit and talk about what we would do to help others My son wants to go to New York and hekp people rebuild our houses My daughter was to pick up all the stray animals and feed them and put them in our kennel I’m 36 years old I work everyday very hard I just tired of not being able to keep food in the frigerator In gas in my car and stop red slips coming Telling me they’re going to shut my electric off or shut my water off I am rich in many ways I have beautiful family and we love each other very much We would love to have the money just to live and to be able to help people in this country With the struggle that we’ve had just to live So please please send your prayers We need this so much Thank you Faith Angel and Jimmy

Mrs. A.T. said...

Hi! I’ve been through the Blizzard of 78 and maybe 3 ice storms. We wouldn’t have made it without friends and family. In 78 I was still in High School and we walked to the Kroger (which was quite a distance) for milk for our neighbors kids. There were no vehicles on the highway only snowmobile tracks. When we have ice storms here we lose power and water:( We too have spent weeks with friends because of this. The only way to make it through these events is with help and giving help.

Pamela Crutcher said...

I’m very happy that everyone is safe and that everyone is coming togather as family!!

Bobbie Moore said...

Publishers clearing house
The evil forces of satan will not hold you back!
The hurts of your past will not hold you back!
The criticism of others will not hold you back!

Today we think god for thanksgiving however in traditional god times this moon brought about the cooler temperatures.I veryone
Started think

ng about thanksgiving in winrer.
God is your source.

Bobbie Moore said...

Publishers clearing house
God sent me his prophet to guide you through this test; to get you through your troble and into the flow of his divine blessing.

robert e. rogers said...

contiune to work together an keep your faith.

Diana Hanlon said...

If I had the money I would help others, I like to see people have a smile on there faces and joy it’s good when people helping people there is always an Angle and miracles out there.I don’t like to see children don’t have anything they come first I believe.

Marian Anslow said...

New York is home of the brave my friend who is in the Red Cross is going to New York with another section of Red Cross she is my friend and I would love to help help her group to be able to do more, I love her asd a sister she is my hero, I need money to help them.

jose said...

Pch I hope all you are okay an staying together as family an helping each other just keep in mind God blesses all you how you guys are helping people when they have troubles I wish we had that kind of help in AZ. But you guys have faith.

Penny Spicere said...

Our prayers have been sending, since before it happened. If there is anything I can do to help, in any way…. By all means, let me help!

Maria Ayala said...

My heart goes out to everyone affected by this disaster :/ May God help everyone going through tough times right now…much love and respect to all my strong folks out there!

demetrius walker said...

My heart goes out to all those affected.