It's been almost a week since Sandy ravaged the Northeast coast, and the recovery is still far from over. The death toll is rising, and it seems every hour more and more photos surface showing the immense devastation — from flooding and destruction in Staten Island to a fire in Breezy Point that destroyed over 80 homes, plus general damage all over lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, it's going to take our fair city a long time to get over this. That's why we all have to do our part to pitch in, especially those of us who were lucky enough to get by with zero damage. Here are six ways you can do your part today... and don't forget to tell your friends!
The Red Cross is the go-to organization for all kinds of charity intiatives. You can read about how they've helped in previous hurricanes, and you can donate here. If the stories of lost pets and displaced animals tug specifically at your heartstrings, the ASPCA is working hard to help all the critters who have suffered during the storm, too.
While those in need wait for life to get back to normal, they'll need food, drinking water, and more. This organization was already prepared before the storm hit, and is continuing to provide supplies. You can donate here.
Though religious organizations aren't the right way to help for everyone, The Salvation Army has a powerful structure behind it that can do a lot of good — not to mention lots of active volunteers. You can donate here.
From T-shirts designed in Sandy's wake to hurricane-related sales, businesses are pitching in to help out with Sandy support. While shopping might seem like a topical way to address the damage wrought, the fact is — local businesses need to get on their feet, too. Some suggestions:
20% off at The Reformation through November 7
100% of profits are donated from Lifebooker through November 7
15% off at Erica Weiner through tonight
For every purchase you place on Dormify, the company will donate a set of sheets to Covenant House or to any individual of your choosing who is in need.
Giving blood is always a good thing to do if your health allows it. As hospitals deal with power loss and the overflow of victims, it's more important than ever right now — especially since many normal donations were cancelled due to the storm. If you're in New York or New Jersey, you can give here.
Can't afford to donate? No judgment. You can still do your part! VolunteerMatch is an easy way to find opportunities and contacts to help out in your area. A couple of thoughts: Call your favorite Chelsea gallery and see if they need help. Touch base with your local ASPCA shelter. Or help where they need it most, by signing up at the NYC Mayor's Office to see where assistance is needed.
Photo: Via The Red Cross.