Donate to the Disaster Relief to those affected by Hurricane Sandy
I’m a big advocate of people coming together and in the recent wake of the Superstorm “Sandy”, I’m asking all of my readers to please help in any way you can. Below is a list of options where you can help with the Disaster Relief Funds that will help those being impacted by the devastating effects happening now and those that will be a result of the aftermath.
The American Red Cross had to cancel about 100 blood drives due to the storm. This means that the national blood supply is going to take a hit to the tune of 3,200 donations, and so the American Red Cross is asking for eligible citizens to donate blood regardless of where they live. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule a blood donation.
In addition to blood donations, the American Red Cross is asking for financial donations. A financial donation has the most immediate and widespread impact. You can donate to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief fund online or donate $10 from your mobile phone by texting REDCROSS to 90999.
Feeding America is working with member food banks to provide food and water to those displaced after the storm. Feeding America works with more than 200 food banks and 61,000 food pantries and shelters. You can make an online financial donation to help Feeding America provide meals to Hurricane Sandy victims.
AmeriCares Medical and Humanitarian Aid
AmeriCares provides medical care and humanitarian aid to areas affected by natural disasters. The organization prepared for Hurricane Sandy by placing emergency response teams and mobile clinics on stand-by. Financial donations to AmeriCares Disaster Relief Fund will help support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
Humane Society Disaster Relief Fund
Our favorite four-legged friends also need help in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The Humane Society of the United States has a disaster relief fund that supports animal rescue and relief efforts. You can donate online and your funds will be dedicated specifically to disaster relief projects.
Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
If you want to target your donation, the Virginia Disaster Relief Fund will help recovery efforts in Virginia. The state-managed fund was created in response to an April 2011 tornado outbreak.
BBB offers donation advice
Unfortunately, disasters bring out the con artists. Before you donate to an organization, read the Better Business Bureau’s advice on Hurricane Sandy donations.
“Unless the charity already has staff in the affected areas, it may be difficult to bring in new aid workers quickly. Determine if the charity’s website clearly describes what the charity can do to address immediate needs.”
Tips for business donors
If you own a small business and want to help, either through business donations or business-sponsored employee participation programs, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has created a useful list of business donor tips.
“Your company can announce its pledge quickly, but this does not mean that all funds have to be committed to a single organization or within a short time frame. Most disaster aid efforts decline dramatically within six months after the disaster, but it can take as long as 25 years for some communities to fully recover. A good rule of thumb is to designate 1/3 of your donation for relief, 1/3 for recovery, and 1/3 for planning for future community resilience.”