Ice Storm: Surprising Stories of Generosity

Ice Storm: Surprising Stories of Generosity

(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Nearly five days after this terrible ice storm there are still almost 210,000 homes in New England and New York without power, down from the initial estimate of 1.4 million. While here in Boston we were not directly affected we did have many family members in the thick of things and assume many of our readers have been as well. With all the difficulty and destruction of this disaster we did hear a great story of generosity from our family in New Hampshire...

While looking for photos for this post we came across the image above the jump from AP and were shocked — it is a picture of my (Wes) parents' property and horse, Differ, walking in the field of my childhood home. My parents live in a very small town in New Hampshire, hit hard by the storm. One of their neighbors had installed a generator and, being the only home in town with power, this neighbor has invited many people — my parents included — to come share their precious resource to take warm showers, charge batteries and laptops. Being a historic town, the houses are hundreds of years old and they credit their "old school" systems such as gravity fed wells with helping them get through the loss of electricity.

(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

As hard as these types of events can be, we have found they always lead to people selflessly helping each other, being true neighbors, and building stronger communities. We can't think of a better message for the holidays. Please share your stories of how the storm has effected you...

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