I decided that once the tree was removed from our street and we could leave that it was time for us to get out and help out. For some of us it meant collecting clothes for a family that lost everything at the Jersey Shore, for others it meant spendng time with friends that needed a pick-me-up and informing everyone we could where gas was available for sale. It also meant getting my little guy out for some much needed running and fun at the park. These are baby steps of course and this evening we began researching greater ways that we can give back. Here is what we came up with;
The Salvation Army The Salvation Army has set up feeding units and shelters across the disaster zone. To assist their efforts in providing clothing, food, and beds to the displaced, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org. You can also donate $10 to the Salvation Army by texting “STORM” to 80888
NYCService In New York City, where some 750,000 residents are without electricity, concerned citizens can email firstname.lastname@example.org — giving their name, email address, and borough — to get information about ways they can be of assistance.
New Jersey relief New Jersey’s popular shoreline and homes of its residents have been severely damaged or demolished. Volunteers are being coordinated through an emergency response hotline, 1-800-JERSEY-7 (1-800-537-7397). Alternate numbers, should you have trouble getting through, are 609-775-5236 and 908-303-0471. Operation Reach The Beach.
International relief Operation USA (www.opusa.org) and International Medical Corps (internationalmedicalcorps.org) are focusing their relief efforts on victims of Hurricane Sandy in Haiti and Cuba, where 69 people were killed when the storm passed there last week. Visit their websites to donate. Operation USA is also accepting text donations. Text “AID” to 50555 to donate $10.
Our hearts and prayers go out to all the victims and their families.