Fared well during Sandy? Here’s how to help others who did not
Posted by: Lauren Carpenter
Published on: October 30th, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Thanks to hln.com, here is an excellent list of how those of us who are pretty much unscathed from Hurricane Sandy, can help those who were directly under her wrath. This post-tropical cyclone is now to blame for at least 16 deaths, $20 billion in property damage and over seven million people without power.
If you’re feeling helpless, check out how you can assist. Even the smallest of gestures will go a long way after the storm of the century.
- Donate Blood — Red Cross had to cancel about 100 blood drives because of the storm and now supplies are running low. Visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule a donation appointment in your area.
- Give food and shelter – Red Cross and Salvation Army are providing emergency shelter and meals for evacuees.
- Help kids in need – Save the Children and World Vision are paying special attention to the needs of children affected by the storm.
- Care for the animals – The Humane Society has an animal rescue team working to save the lives of animals caught in the storm.
- Provide emergency supplies – AmeriCares, Direct Relief International and Feeding America are providing food, important medical supplies and emergency kits for people in need.
- Join in the cleanup – Team Rubicon has dispatched veteran field teams to start working right away and Samaritan’s Purse is looking for volunteers to help to rebuild after the storm passes.
- Help Haiti and Cuba – Hurricane Sandy took a deadly toll on the Caribbean before it hit the United States. Operation USA and the International Medical Corps are helping people affected by Sandy outside the U.S.
- Stay informed – For more ways to help, visit Impact Your World. If you are in the Northeast and know of a need where you live, tweet @CNNImpact.
If you do choose to donate to a charity or organization claiming to help storm victims, make sure it is legitimate. Unfortunately, scammers often try to take advantage of disasters like this. Charity evaluators like Guidestar and Charity Navigator are good resources to make sure your donation is going where you intended.