We hope that for those of you on the East coast, you and yours are all safe and are suffering no more than minor frustrations as we all slowly regain our connections to the modern age. Our hearts go out to so many who have lost so much and face plummeting temperatures this week.
If you want to help, here are some organizations which are providing people with immediate relief from Hurricane Sandy:
Across the Mid-Atlantic and Eastern regions
The American Red Cross will take donations for their regional efforts, so your support will go to where it is most needed. From their website: “The Red Cross today served lunch using 70 mobile feeding units and 30 fixed sites; 40 mobile feeding trucks will serve dinner tonight. The Red Cross is mobilizing an additional 80,000 blankets in preparation for the cold temperatures forecasted for much of the mid-Atlantic and is also distributing flashlights in areas that are still without power. Yesterday, we served nearly 130,000 meals across the region.”
Here is what Save the Children is doing: “In response, Save the Children has already deployed people to hardest-hit areas of New Jersey and New York to ensure children’s needs are addressed in the aftermath of the ‘superstorm.’ Save the Children has a strong track record of responding to emergencies in the region. In shelters, Save the Children is providing basic necessities for young children, such as nutritious food items, baby blankets, clothing and hygiene supplies.”
Habitat for Humanity is already in action providing immediate aid to displaced families and it will ‘be there’ for them after the crisis when they need to rebuild. Habitat’s immediate response to Hurricane Sandy:
Conducting damage assessments, Securing housing, Supporting community clean-up, Providing assistance through Habitat ReStores. http://www.habitat.org/restores
Targeted support for The Big Apple – New York City
The New York Community Trust offers suggestions on where to give to neighborhood efforts throughout the five boroughs at:
The City of New York is looking for both volunteers and donations to meet the challenge of so many residents.
The Fairfield County Foundation offers this list of groups worthy of your support in Connecticut.
Beware: Many caring local people will ask for donations to support their efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy – and most will be worthy. If you are considering making a donation to a group you do not know, you might want to check their rating with one of the charity evaluation sites in this ASE article.
If you know of a worthy relief effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, let us know and we will share it. At: [email protected]