How to Help Hurricane Victims
While many of us were lucky to avoid the worst of Hurricane Sandy, there were millions of people throughout the northeast who bore the brunt of the storm. We’ve compiled a list of organizations dedicated to bringing aid to hurricane victims.
Donate to the Red Cross
Donations help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy. To donate, people can visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to someone’s local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
Nearly 100 Red Cross blood drives were cancelled because of Sandy, so blood supplies are low in the areas affected the most. The New York Blood Center is urging people to donate blood for those in the New York/New Jersey area. To donate, call 800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org.
Call the non-emergency number for your police station, local schools, or religious organizations and see how you can get involved.
The Christie Administration Emergency Volunteer Response Hotline
If you are interested in volunteering with a variety of Hurricane Sandy clean-up activities in New Jersey, call the state’s volunteer emergency response hotline at 1-800-JERSEY-7 (1-800-537-7397).
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has dozens of units and shelters along the East Coast that are working to serve thousands in the most heavily hit areas. Visit www.salvationarmyusa.org to donate.
Feeding America has thousands of pounds of emergency food, water and supplies in the disaster zone that it is working to distribute to the storm’s victims. To donate, visit www.feedingamerica.org or call 800-910-5524.
AmeriCares is providing medicine and other supplies to people affected by Hurricane Sandy. To donate, visit www.americares.org.
World Vision is distributing flood clean-up kits, personal hygiene items and emergency food kits to people hit by the hurricane. To donate, visit www.worldvision.org.
Save the Children
Save the Children is working to provide relief to families and their children. Visit www.savethechildren.org to donate.
Offer Help to Those in Need
Offering those without power or water a warm meal, a hot shower, an outlet to charge electronical devices or any sort of assistance would be greatly appreciated.