Disasters such as Hurricane Sandy are a devastating reminder of the importance of working together, regardless of state or international boarders, in a times of need. With climate change already starting to bite, these situations are certainly not going to get any easier around the world.
You might not be able to physically help those affected, but there are several organizations you can donate to that are providing food, supplies, and shelter to residents desperately in need after Sandyâ€™s wrath.
Of course, the American Red Cross is the biggest organization in need of donations. You can simply text â€œRedcrossâ€ to 90999 to make a $10 donation that will be credited to your phone bill. Blood is also in high demand right now after almost 100 blood drives were canceled because of the storm, so f youâ€™re in the New York/New Jersey area and have some blood and time to spare, visit nybloodcenter.org to donate.
The Salvation Army is another organization working to providing shelter and mobile food units along the east coast. Donate at salvationarmy.org.
Feeding America is also providing emergency food, water, and supplies to people in the area. Donate at feedingamerica.org.
AmeriCares provides medicine and other supplies to those injured by the hurricane. Donate at americares.org.
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund is also accepting donations.
You can alsoÂ Volunteer to Help in New Jersey and New York City
If you are available to physically help in New York City, NYC Service is coordinating volunteer services through email. Contact email@example.com with your name, email, and location.
In New Jersey, call 1-800-537-7397 or email Rowena.Madden@sos.state.nj.us for volunteer information.
Image CC licensed by Dave S.: Flood waters carried this boat blocks inland in South Norwalk.