My first thought was to organize a drive to get the needed items to those people that need it. However, that’s not a reasonable thought, due to the fact that there is no way to deliver those goods to those devastated areas, and no one to receive and distribute them. The best way to donate what you can, is through established agencies. Your donations will assist in getting the help to people that need it.
Here is a list of established agencies to send your donations:
Salvation Army – Salvationarmyusa.org
Feeding America – feedingamerica.org
If you would rather send something directly, families with children could benefit from gift cards from Babies r Us or Target. They can be sent to Rock Center with Brian Williams, 30 Rockefeller Plaza #412E, New York, NY 10112. If you would like to drop off donations of clothing or other tangible goods in person, there is a distribution center at Miller Field, New Dorp Lane, Staten Island, NY (718) 351-6970. At this location there are representatives from FEMA, National Guard, Red Cross and Salvation Army.
The peninsula of Breezy Point was devastated by fire and completely destroyed 111 homes. There is a donation website set up for direct donation to the people that have lost their homes at Breezy Point.
The superstorm has also taken its toll on the pet population, with many families leaving their animals behind during evacuations and those harmed in Sandy’s path. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society of the United States both need donations to help support animals impacted with or without owners.
Text ANIMALS to 20222 to donate $10 to Humane Society Disaster Relief Fund or text PREVENT to 25383 to donate $10 to help the ASPCA’s animal rescue efforts.
The American Humane Society’s 82-foot Red Star Rescue Rig, a mobile command center, was sent to New Jersey from its base in Pennsylvania to help animals in need. You can donate to their efforts through their web site.
All of us are affected by Hurricane Sandy. Some more than others. For us in the New England area, downed trees, debris, and power outages were no fun. But nothing compared to the people in the New York/New Jersey area. Let’s all do our part and donate what we can, and help our neighbors get back on their feet.