When Superstorm Sandy ravaged the East Coast she affected hundreds of thousands of people. She flooded homes and left schools powerless and flooded. For many children, she has completely displaced them and left them scared and alone with no home and no school.
As a mom, this image breaks my heart and I have spent the week trying to find as many ways to help as I can. Obviously, I wish I could feed, clothe and house every child from baby through teenager who needs it. But that's not possible.
Even though I can't physically go and hug every one of the children affected by this storm, I can send money, supplies and warm coats to their parents to help take care of them. Any mom would and should do the same. Here are 8 ways we can help kids affected by Sandy right now:
1.) Ship coats to kids: If you have an extra hip warm coat for babies and toddlers in sizes 0 to 5, you can ship directly to Jessica Seinfeld's charity: Baby Buggy. The address is:
306 W. 37th St., 8th Floor
New York, NY 10018
2.) Drop-Off Diaper Donation: Far Rockaway in Brooklyn has been horribly affected by the storm. Many of these people are families with young kids in need of diapers and formula and other supplies. For those in Brooklyn, trips are being made twice a day. Stop by The New York Communities for Change (NYCC); 2-4 Nevins Street, 2nd Floor; Brooklyn NY 11217.
If you do not live in the area, or can’t get here to help – you can make a cash donation on the NYCC fundraising page.
3.) Send baby supplies: Diapers, formula and wipes can be ordered online and shipped to:
New York City Council Member James Sanders, Jr.
Attn: Donovan Richards
234-26 Merrick Blvd.
Laurelton, NY 11413
4.) Help displaced LGBT teens: The Ali Forney Drop In Center in Chelsea for LGBT homeless teens was destroyed by Sandy. Donations can be sent to help these poor teenagers who were already in need before the storm.
5.) Send school supplies: Monmouth Beach School in New Jersey is a K-8 school that was all but destroyed by the storm. They have set up an Amazon registry that is easy enough to find and make a donation. Let's do it!
6.) Just donate: If you prefer a general donation to all families who were affected, you can make it to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, which was set up by Governor Chris Christie's wife.
7.) Make the shelters better: Save the Children is trying to help children in shelters specifically with things like nutritious food items, baby blankets, clothing and hygiene supplies.To donate go to: Hurricane Sandy Children in Emergencies Fund. Or text HURRICANE to 20222 to donate $10 from your mobile phone. When you receive a text message, reply YES.
8.) Use Amazon: Amazon is the easiest way to get Sandy relief supplies for children to Staten Island and Brooklyn. Do it and do it now. Easy peasy.
How are you helping victims of the superstorm?
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