Remembering Hurricane Sandy..

After reading this article it prompted me to think about Butterfly Circle of Friends reaction and actions to Hurricane Sandy.   https://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/local/new-jersey/2015/07/29/sandy-mental-health-depression-ptsd/30842373/

When Hurricane Sandy hit the coasts of New Jersey and New York on October 29, 2012. The damage throughout the states were devastating  leaving families without food, clothing and shelter. Our family was very fortunate to only have power outage for a week which caused the loss of heat, light and food in the refrigerator. When the power was restored our life's pretty much went back to normal.   My thoughts kept going to the families who suffered the "loss" of their homes,  their belongings and most of all a sense of security. I knew that Butterfly Circle of Friends needed to help in some way. When searching to see what others were doing and how we can help. I came across the website "The Can Do Duck"  https://www.thecandoduck.com/can-do-and-the-storm.html     getPart

There was a book called Can Do Duck and the Storm.  A story about a duck and his friends  that experienced a hurricane and how they coped, written by Ducktor Morty, M.D. and Esther Deblinger, Ph.D.  The book was created to give adults a tool to help the children in their lives to express their feelings after a natural disaster.

With the permission of Morty, we printed a few hundred copies of the book to share at a local Thanksgiving dinner for those families affected by Hurricane Sandy.

In January 2013,  we printed 5,000 copies of the book. Distributing them throughout New Jersey and New York.  By October 2013 all the books were distributed. We hope that the families who received these wonderful books have found a way to cope thru the difficult times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spc. Michael L Gonzalez Scholarship at Middlesex County College

Middlesex County College Scholarship Presentation-2On July 2, 2015, Butterfly Circle of Friends, Vice President, Pedro Gonzalez and President, Ida Gonzalez presented a check to Veronica Clinton of Middlesex County College Foundation to establish the Spc. Michael L Gonzalez Scholarship at Middlesex County College.  The scholarship was established in Michael's memory and will be for veterans and military personnel. This scholarship is  yearly funded. Butterfly Circle of Friends is currently raising funds to provide an endowment scholarship.

Pictured above Kayleigh Maklary, veteran and MCC Foundation assistant, Pedro Gonzalez, Ida Gonzalez,  Veronica Clinton and Rich Feldman, Coordinator, Veterans Services Center.

 

Link to Greater Media article: https://https://ebs.gmnews.com/news/2015-07-23/Schools/Scholarship_for_student_vets_honors_fallen_alumnus.html