How You Can Help the Victims of Hurricane Sandy
Want to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy? Here are some resources to get you started donating time, skills, money, and goods.
-The Betty Editors
A week after Hurricane Sandy devastated the Eastern Seaboard, communities from New Jersey all the way up to Massachusetts are still reeling as they try to pull their lives back together. Want aid in the recovery effort? Whether you live in or near the affected areas or all the way across the countries, there are ways to help out. Here are some of the ways you can lend a helping hand:
The Red Cross
Visit www.redcross.org to help the Red Cross provide food, shelter, and other assistance to Sandy victims.
Additionally, 100 Red Cross blood donation events were cancelled across stricken regions in the wake of Sandy, so blood supply is low. Visit www.redcrossblood.org to schedule a blood donation.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has set up mobile feeding stations and shelters for those displaced by the storm. To help provide food, clothing, and beds, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org. You can also provide funds in an instant: Just text “STORM” to 80888 to donate $10 to the Salvation Army.
AmeriCares is providing medicine and other supplies to those affected by Sandy. To donate to the AmeriCares Disaster Relief Fund, visit www.americares.org.
New Jersey relief
New Jersey’s shore was devastated by Sandy. Want to volunteer? Efforts are being coordinated through an emergency response hotline, 1-800-JERSEY-7 (1-800-537-7397). If you have trouble getting through, you can call alternatively 609-775-5236 and 908-303-0471. Additionally, visit the New Jersey Cares website for information about opportunities to volunteer.
The National Donations Management Network
The National Donations Management Network This online portal run by FEMA makes it easy to find out where help is most needed—and how to get it there. Whether you’d like to donate goods, money, or time and skills, the NDMN will see you through the process.
New York relief
If you’re in the New York area, find out where you can drop off food, clothing, and warm coats at the New York Cares website. You can also find out where to volunteer to help with cleanup there. To aid the communities of Staten Island and the Rockaways, who got hit even harder than most, visit statenislandusa.com and rockawayhelp.com.
Boston and Rhode Island relief
Operation USA and the International Medical Corps are coordinating efforts to help Sandy’s victims in Haiti and Cuba. Visit their sites to donate. Operation USA is also accepting donations via text; text “AID” to 50555 to donate $10.