Here are some ways you can help Hurricane Sandy’s victims, regardless of where you live:
Kroger stores throughout the Atlanta area are encouraging customers and associates to donate to the American Red Cross, which is providing shelter, meals, emotional support and other necessities to those affected by the deadly aftermath of Hurricane Sandy after it made landfall on Monday. Donations can be made at all Kroger locations in the Atlanta Division, which includes, Georgia, South Carolina, Northern Alabama and Eastern Tennessee.
In support of the thousands of Americans affected by Hurricane Sandy, Kroger launched a “Round-Up” campaign in which customers can round up their purchases to the nearest dollar—the difference benefiting the American Red Cross and its disaster relief efforts in the Northeast. Customers can also make donations to the American Red Cross at Kroger cash registers or you can donate $10 by phone by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999.
Sandy has caused the cancellation of about 300 American Red Cross blood drives. To schedule a blood donation at a center near you or for more information about giving blood or platelets, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). “Patients will still need blood despite the weather,” said Dr. Richard Benjamin, chief medical officer of the Red Cross, in a statement.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) takes donations to rescue and shelter animals affected by the storm. Nearly 300 animals are staying with their owners in shelters in the New York City area, the agency said. The ASPCA is also setting up a distribution center in Syracuse, New York with 4,000 sheltering units, which contain pet food, crates, food bowls, toys, and anything else an animal may need.
You can donate to AmeriCares’ relief fund to help the organization, which is distributing supplies to 130 clinics in the 13 states affected by Sandy.
If you live in the local metro NY / NJ area:
- Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is coordinating a volunteer effort. There is a sign-up sheet for volunteers at de Blasio’s site.
- Red Hook NYC Recovers, a community-powered disaster recovery blog, lists sites around Red Hook Brooklyn that need food, volunteers, or other support. They update their list on a regular basis, check the blog for the latest updates.
- Astoria Recovers, a recovery blog, has a list of local sites in need of assistance with food, candles, water and clothing deliveries for the Astoria Houses, and requests for pumps to get water out of basements.
- Staten Island Recovers, another community recovery site, lists places that need support and supplies as well as local sites that can provide emergency services.
- Lower East Side Recovers is also connecting volunteers with those in need in the neighborhood.
- The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City accepts funds to help NYC rebuild through their website.
- NYC Service, a city government volunteer agency, is coordinating outreach efforts for victims of the storm. To help, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, email address and borough, or check out their Facebook page.
- Citymeals-on-wheels needs volunteers to help deliver food to the many seniors in need around the five boroughs.
- Hudson River Park is looking for volunteers to help with cleanup and repair. There will be a cleanup at Pier 25, West Street and North Moore Street, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be a mulch and soil repair event Nov. 10, location and time to be determined.