Hurricane Sandy has caused havoc and displaced families all over the U.S. East Coast. If you are able to donate money or time, here are a couple non-profit organizations helping those affected by Hurricane Sandy. If you are not able to donate money or volunteer time, please help spread the word via Twitter, Facebook, G+, etc., with any of the non-profit organization pages. All efforts spreading the word are greatly appreciated!
The New York Blood Center:
Due to Hurricane Sandy, the NYBC had to cancel over 50 blood drives! They are in urgent need of O- blood types and all types of platelets! Visit their website for more information on how you can help with:
- Monetary donations: https://support.nybloodcenter.org/page.aspx?pid=291
The Red Cross:
Hurricane Sandy Site: http://www.redcross.org/hurricane-sandy?scode=RSG00000E017&subcode=bingdonationsbrand
- Help Open Shelters
- Donate Funds (Tax-deductible gift!)
- Donate supplies
- Donate blood
If you are unable to get to your computer to participate in any of the above, you can always send a text right from your phone to donate money. Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. The charge will appear on your cell phone bill or deducted from your pre-paid plan. Please note the following from the Red Cross website**: http://www.redcross.org/support/donating-fundraising/donations/text-messaging/
**All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Message and Data Rates May Apply.
Feeding America will use your donations to provide food, water, and other supplies to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
If you don't have much money and just spare change, take all coins to your local Coinevery aching. Every penny counts! To donate other ways, visit:
The Salvation Army:
Hurricane Sandy Site: http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/www_usn_2.nsf
- Donate Funds (PayPal too!): https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/disaster
- Salvation Army blog during Hurricane Sandy: http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org/category/eds/
Americares (working with the Salvation Army):
Donate Funds to help Americare deliver mobile clinics, hygiene kits, bottle water, and other personal care items : http://www.americares.org/newsroom/press/2012/americares-delivering-aid-for-hurricane-sandy-1031.html
A note from DirtyDiva: Please also remember that there are smaller charities that could use help and local shelters that need supplies but be careful - Unfortunately, disasters attract scammers. Make sure your donations get to the right place. If it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. You can check this government website on what to look out for: http://www.ic3.gov/media/2011/110311.aspx
Also, the humane societies and animal shelters are also feeling the pain. HSUS and the American Humane Association are assembling to rescue pets that had to be left behind, help find lost pets and rehome displaced shelter pets.