This story is tragic. Yet, it is more horrific considering the father, Damian is an EMT and was out rescuing people from the storm while his own sons were drowning without help. The mother, Glenda Moore, is a nurse who also spends her days nursing others to health.
Most of the country is now aware of the heart-breaking story of Glenda Moore, who is now going to bury her two young sons after Hurricane Sandy swept both of the boys out of her arms to their deaths. The boys, 2 and 4 years old, were just a few yards apart when police found them, and both had died a horrible death from drowning.
New Yorkers are not known for their hospitality and kindness, but anyone who’s been to the city knows that there are quite a few residents of New York who support their fellow man. But the city’s reputation took a hit, as it’s been reported by Colorlines and other sources that no one helped the woman as she was trying to find her sons. Instead of getting the help she needed, doors were slammed in her face. Now, both of her sons are dead.
According to the sister, a dripping-wet Moore banged on doors looking for help in the middle of the hurricane, but couldn’t find anyone willing to help her.
“They answered the door and said, ‘I don’t know you. I’m not going to help you,’” said the sister. “My sister’s like 5-foot-3, 130 pounds. She looks like a little girl. She’s going to come to you and you’re going to slam the door in her face and say, ‘I don’t know you, I can’t help you’?’”
Moore spent the night huddled on a doorstep as the hurricane’s assault continued. At daybreak, her sister said, the desperate mother walked until she found a police car and related her heart-breaking story.
Her cousin Nancy Jean, 41, fought back tears as she described the ordeal.
‘I can’t believe the way she was treated by the people she went to for help,’ she said.
‘The first person she knocked on, she begged them and said: “Please call 911”.
‘They told her: “I don’t know you” and closed the door. She tried another door but they turned the lights off.
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My final thoughts on this story…
This is what this nation has become…a fearful, untrusting, uncaring society. I cannot get into the minds of the people who closed their doors to this mother. I have been guilty of not answering a late night knock on my door when alone. However, a media that bombards us with so-called criminals in hoodies with the most ominous looking crooks either black or latino; movies that incite an ignorant, unbalanced society to more violence; politicians who lie, deceive and give racial innuendos for political gain rather than doing their job of leading and helping ALL in the nation; and corporations who operate from sheer greed by buying politicians with little concern for the consumer and citizens…all create a volatile environment that sets the stage for citizens too afraid to open their doors to help others who don’t look like them.
The answer lies in YOUR hands. Vote for the mayor, governor, president and ballot measures that best speak to your personal values. Back it up by living your life the way you want to be treated every day and in your hour of need.
Much love to you and yours,