From the start of civilization, trees have been seen as a form of growth. For example, when a baby is born, the mother and father often plant a tree so that as the baby goes from being a baby to being an adult, the tree will grow with them. Trees are also associated with places for other families to grow. These include birds, squirrels, and insects, and all make their homes in trees to help them grow and multiply.
On the other end of the spectrum, unlike trees, hurricanes are symbols of destruction. Wind, rain, and hail pound homes and business as the storm surges over the break walls. Offshoots of hurricanes, flooding, and tornadoes can rake up even more damage. While the United States seldom gets truly monstrous hurricanes, the ones that indeed leave their mark on the people of this country.
Hurricane Katrina was the last massive Hurricane to hit the United States in 2006. However, six years later, another storm would come to cause similar damage, though this time, the storm was to attack the Northeast and not the Gulf Coast.
This Hurricane was called Hurricane Sandy, and she struck two days before Halloween. Sandy was the culmination of every bad thing that could increase the power of a storm all meeting at once, thus giving Sandy the nickname “Frankenstorm.” Hurricane Sandy caused much damage from North Carolina to Maine, but the areas hit the hardest were New York and New Jersey. Subways were flooded, power was knocked out, and even Wall Street was shut down for two days. The last time that happened was back in the 1880s. Even now, people are trying to get their lives back on track, made even more challenging by basic things such as regular operating Mass Transit, Plumbing, and Electricity not operational.
In response to the horror of Hurricane Sandy, many companies and private businesses are doing everything possible to help those affected get back on their feet quicker. Be it beverage companies shutting down a product line to make canned water to ensure that people have something safe to drink where there is no running water to laundry detergent companies providing operating washing and drying machines for people to have a place to wash their clothes; people are pouring out help in droves.
TN Nursery is one company that wants to help in this recovery effort. TN Tree Nursery is a tree nursery located in Altamont, Tennessee, and they want to help the people affected by Hurricane Sandy by providing them with a tree. This tree will be helpful as being able to be a symbol for people to know that every cloud has a silver lining and that with this tree, they will watch it grow and realize that good came from the disaster.
If you want to be a part of this program or know someone who could benefit from it, go to and fill out the information on the site. A tree will then be sent to you.
This Hurricane did a lot of damage, and we probably will be working on recovering from it for a while. We all need to pitch together and help rebuild. It is good that companies like TN Tree Nursery are willing to help donate their resources to help in the rebuilding efforts; hopefully, we will be able to have trees again reaching the sky.