I could say a lot about the last week of my life in Florida. The relentless howling shriek of the winds Sunday night and the preternatural stillness of Monday. The next 5 days of hot, sticky weather and dark, powerless days and nights. No hot showers or coffee. (AND it was my birthday!) Then the generators and chainsaws and the creative solutions to everyday occurrences done without power or running water (or toilets). And then, finally, the power came back on and the house cooled and the fridge started churning out ice again and all was right with the world.
Of course, there are still lights out and gas challenges around us, but it seems to be getting a little better every day. So was finally able to make it out tonight and drive through local neighborhoods that were clearly not as lucky, and still waited in the hot, muggy night for the power trucks. We saw the caravan of those trucks out in full force, and it was a blessed sight, but it still doesn’t help when you’re waiting in the dark.
I’d have to say, on balance, we made it out unscathed, comparatively speaking. Our new roof stayed put, we only lost one or two major limbs or trees, our lives go on, after some clean-up. But with our power came our cable TV and the reports of the unbelievably massive devastation in Texas and the Caribbean, southern Florida, and even parts of Umatilla. And when you stop to think how lucky you were, to have made it through with such relative impunity, compared to friends in the Keys whose mobile home and community is no more, it puts an immediacy to your awareness that you have to step up to the plate and do something to help.
And that’s where Pockit comes in. Pockit is an mobile app that enables you to digitally convert the change back from any cash transaction (the use of which came in VERY handy during Hurricanes Harvey and Irma) into currency that resides in the app on your phone. But the best part is that easy accumulation of these digital savings of the coins and change from your cash transactions is tied to checking or savings, or those funds can be can be designated to the cause or charity of your choice.
Hopefully you don’t have first hand knowledge of seeing all the comforts and surroundings of what and where you called home, and having everything you know and own gone or destroyed. But you have to realize what a blessing and necessity it is when there are groups and organizations with the resources to help. Hopefully you don’t have to know how extraordinary it is to have someone extend a hand when you so desperatelyneed it. But you can be one of those hands. Just put it in your Pockit, and help.
See you on the flip side!
Penny Pockit | Customer Relations