It would have been easy for Marc Horowitz to simply focus on his own family after Hurricane Sandy pummeled his otherwise quiet hamlet of Clifton, N.J. But like many who made it through the storm with minimal damage but saw the tragic news reports about those affected, he couldn’t stay at home.
Since his power never went out, he reached out to his former co-worker Tanja, a married mother of three, who lives a few minutes away and was without power. He offered to let her store her perishable foods in his refrigerator because, as for residents of hundreds of towns in New Jersey, her lights hadn’t come back on yet, even after four days.
“You gotta help where you can,” said Horowitz, 42, a social worker. And he’s not the only one offering a neighborly hand in this time of need. Horowitz says he’s been witnessing random acts of kindness since the onslaught of the storm. “I believe in the kindness of others again,” he posted on Facebook on Friday.
While millions across the Northeast are left without power and shelter and many are coping with the loss of their loved ones in the storm, one of the signs of hope is that people are opening their hearts to make a natural disaster a little more bearable, in both large and small ways.