Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Tea Aids Hurricane Sandy Survivors

Based in New Jersey, I was excited to read this article from about how tea and the wonderful people who are part of the tea-selling community, helped those who endured the storms. Luckily the Best International Tea family suffered no damage but we were without power for a length of time and many of our friends, neighbors and fellow New Jerseyans were hit unbelievably hard.

Several tea-related businesses went above and beyond to help those affected. Kudos to our local tea businesses that helped and all the others who have been involved, including:

NJ resident Darlene Meyers-Perry, President of The Tea Lover’s Archives, made a mobile comfort station, bringing her teapots, cups and kettle to her church’s soup kitchen. As she said “it was important for me to bring some semblance of home to people who had nowhere to go.”

Kirsten Kristensen, owner of the White House Tea Room in Ocean, NJ, opened her business to any area residents without electricity to come for tea and charge their phones and other electronic devices.

Several NYC based tea room owners formed a non-profit Tea for Humanity, whose purpose is to bring a hot cup of tea to those needing warmth and comfort most. Sheena Foster (Curiositeas), Jo Johnson (A Gift of Tea) and Tiffany Denise (Tea By Tiffany) joined forces to host tea gatherings for evacuees from Lower Manhattan

Yoon Hee Kim of Hancha Teas used Twitter and Facebook to spread the word for tea business owners to host tea events to raise money for relief efforts, raising more than $4,500 to date.

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