In between gutting our home and trying to salvage some iota of normalcy, I've been trying to formulate a thank you to everyone who has made a difference (and that's been everyone). I want to write something longer later, but for now, I have to just say that I don't think I could have lived in a better community to have a disaster in.
The government, the churches, the people, the volunteers and the paid staff members, my neighbors, other people's neighbors.... you've all been amazing. Thank you so much!
...and to the people behind the scenes too... the ones keeping us safe from looting, from gas and electric, from fire, the ones sorting socks and bagging water in a back room rather than out front passing them out, the ones making lists of needed items and posting them everywhere, thanks to all of you too, because you may not always hear it, but we are so thankful for your efforts.
...and to all those who've helped whom I've inevitably missed here (and I know there are some), thank you as well!
In all the tragedy, I feel blessed to live in a community that is so caring, concerned, and helpful.
Please pass this along to anyone who would appreciate it.
Christopher Lotito is a member of the Pequannock Environmental, Historic District, and Flood Control Advisory Commissions as well as the author of "Torrent," a book about flooding in the region. Lotito's personal mission is to reduce new taxes, drastically reduce flooding, and preserve more green spaces for our children. Christopher Lotito Profile