If you're like me, you're feeling helpless about what to do to aid our friends and loved ones on the East Coast. Let's use this thread to collect resources that help them.
1. The American Red Cross is accepting blood donations as well as monetary contributions to help residents on the East Coast affected by Sandy. To donate, visit their website, which also allows users to find their local Red Cross chapter and pinpoint areas in greatest need.
Or call 800-Red-Cross or text "Redcross" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
2. LA-based Operation USA focuses on getting medical supplies and generators to affected areas. The organization accepts money, frequent flier miles and text-generated donations.
To quickly donate $10 to Operation USA, text "OPUSA" to 50555. To find out more about how you can contribute to ongoing relief efforts, visit their website.
3. The Salvation Army is helping East Coast with food and clean-up kits. Information on how you can donate to storm relief is listed on their website.
4. AmeriCares is delivering relief supplies, including bottled water and a mobile clinic for families affected by Sandy in the tri-state area.
5. Feeding America estimates as many as 35 of its food banks along the eastern sea board were affected by the storm. The nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, Feeding America is accepting donations to help them provide food, water and other supplies to those affected by Sandy.
6. The White House offers suggestions on How To Help Survivors of Hurricane Sandy.
7. 12 Ways To Help in New York City from treehugger.
8. Save the Children's domestic emergency teams in New Jersey and New York are helping families in shelters.
What local and national resources can you share?
Peggy - could I post some other links for resources on open gas stations, shelters etc where people can go if they have no power/heat or a home left? And also other things like charging stations etc?
Oh, of course. Please do. That's just what I was hoping people would post. That way we can have resources that help those affected by the hurricane as well as those outside of the area who want to do something to help. Can't wait to see what you post. Thank you!
Well gas is surely hard to come by - they are doing odd/even ration days so please check and see what your license plate is! I believe anything ending in a letter is automatically an odd day. We waited 4.5 hours for gas :/ The best places I've heard thus far are surprisingly down in Southern NJ and up near the PA border. If you find a line though my advice is to WAIT ON IT!!
(I hope this link works)
That's a Twitter account for gas stations that are open - if you search for other NJ open and power companies you can also find updates!
Many places in your towns are handing our free water + ice and meals. If you google search or go to NJ.com you can look by county to see what's available. There are also charging stations for electronics --- we found that most malls are open and you can go and plug in there : )
And because I'm tired I'll post one more thing - there are so many ways to help.
This link is CHOCK full of options!