5 Ways to Help Hurricane Sandy Victims

hurricaneHurricane Sandy, aka, Superstorm Sandy has wrecked huge parts of the East Coast of the United States and is still causing trouble. As a recent transplant from New York City I found myself glued to the television, while being tucked away in California. As friends, family, and the rest of the eastern seaboard hunkered down and tried to stay safe, I’m happy to say only one friend (that I know of) has been injured. Property damage, however, is a whole other issue. For those of us safely far, far, away from the destruction, it’s time to help. You can send your prayers out to those in the path, and you can also send your money, time, or support. Here are five ways you can help the victims of this epic storm.

Always there for those of us in need, the American Red Cross is already housing victims of the storm in their shelters. If you’re nearby, there is a need for volunteers to staff the shelters. Of course the Red Cross can use your financial donations, and is also asking that we all go out and donate blood platelets for the victims of Sandy. If you’re in New York City, you can also donate blood at the New York Blood Center (http://www.nybc.org/index.jsp).

At this point AmeriCares medical supplies should be well on the way to the states that have been battered by Sandy. From tetanus shots to life-saving medicine, AmeriCares will be on hand to care for our citizens. You can donate money to help fund the supplies and the delivery to those in need.

Through a network of food banks, pantries, and soup kitchens; Feeding America distributes food, water and other supplies as needed. They have already mobilized and are operating out of New Jersey. Donate to help their efforts in the affected area.

Don’t forget about the animals displaced by Sandy. The Humane Society is already on the ground helping animals who were not able to find shelter, could be trapped, or otherwise in danger due to this historic storm. You can donate to the cause and get more people out on the streets.

Virginia has had it rough for the past few years between tornados, earthquakes, and now another hurricane/storm. You can help Virginians directly by the disaster relief fund for the state and help get the state for lovers back on track.
And if you are in New York City and want to volunteer to help out your neighbors, NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (http://pubadvocate.nyc.gov/) is looking for volunteers.

How are you helping?

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