Westchester tsunami survivors turn tragedy into hope
Westchester residents that were visiting southwest Asia when the tsunami hit one year ago have turned their tragic experience into a hopeful one.
Rabbi Shira Milgrom and her husband David Elcott, of White Plains, were visiting their daughter who was working with a group in India when the tsunami hit. Elcott says the memories of that devastating tragedy shaped his future.
The Panjwani family, of Irvington, was vacationing in Sri Lanka when they were struck by the tsunami. That experience prompted one of the Panjwani children to want to become a doctor and help those in need. Along with friends, the Panjwani family raised more than $100,000 in aid to help the people of Sri Lanka build new homes and rebuild their communities.
The Westchester chapter of the American Red Cross donated more than $1 million in aid to tsunami victims.