Relief Efforts for Hurricane Sandy:
How can we help?
I was truly touched when I saw this simple act of post-Sandy kindness come across my Facebook newsfeed. The photo was taken in Hoboken, New Jersey last week and the caption said that the resident’s name was Ralph and after the photo was taken he came out with warm coffee for everyone! What a simple act of kindness from Ralph, helping others stay connected with there loved ones during the Hurricane aftermath.
As New York, New Jersey, and much of the East Coast struggle to deal with the destruction, gas shortages, and power outages left in Sandy’s wake, many of us are looking for ways to help. Through various social media tools I have compiled a list of voluntary and monetary forms of aid that we can give. Whether you are in New York or California here are a variety of relief efforts you can make for those involved.
If you are in the New York area, voluntary man-hours are a vital source of relief for the destruction:
- Help unload supplies and donations at the Park Slope Armory or the Red Hook Initiative in Brooklyn.
- Staten Island was hit harder than most other areas of New York. Go to Staten Island Recovers for ways to help.
- Help the NY Park Service clean up parks in the area.
- Volunteer with NYC. Email NYC Service at [email protected] with your name and email address to volunteer in your borough.
If you are unable to volunteer your time or if you are not in New York, there are still plenty of ways to help:
- Donate blood; the New York Blood Center is in desperate need. Click here to find the closest donation center.
- Donate to the Red Cross. The organization is no longer accepting supplies but is in desperate need of monetary support. You can donate on their website or by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- Donate to the Salvation Army. Check their website for ways to contribute.
- Donate to the Brooklyn Recovery Fund. These donations will go directly toward helping residents and businesses in Brooklyn.
- Donate airline miles. Many airlines are matching customer donation and encouraging their members to donate they airline miles to the cause. Here is a list of participating airlines.
I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and I want to let you know that we are here for you in whatever way we can help. If you know of any other ways to volunteer and support please leave those opportunities in the comment section below. Keep safe!