As we end our Thanksgiving weekend warm, well-fed, and thankful for our blessings, it’s a good time to reflect on those who are still trying to put their lives back together from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. Our city and region are recovering, but it’s going to take a long time and a lot of hard work. There are lots of ways that you can help, depending on what you’re able to contribute:
- Give Money. Worthy organizations big and small are working on the recovery efforts, and money donations are the most efficient way to support them. Here’s one good list of groups accepting donations.
- Give Time. Whether you want to work on the cleanup directly, distribute supplies to those in need, or offer special skills (such as construction, legal, social work, etc.), your help is needed in the Rockaways, Staten Island, Red Hook, and elsewhere. This website run by the group Occupy Sandy offers one quick way to connect with volunteer opportunities.
- Give Supplies. If you’d like to donate goods, the best thing is to pick an organization that’s accepting donations, such as the ones listed here, and find out in advance what they need most.
- Give Blood. Hurricane Sandy created a blood shortage, and we’ve had to replenish our supply. New York Blood Center holds blood drives all over the City and has several full-time donation centers.
Happy Thanksgiving and happy holidays,
Your friends at ACT NOW