Assistance In The NortheastNovember 5th, 2012 at 8:35 am by markmonstrola under Weather
Residents in the New York/New Jersey area are still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall a week ago. Power is still out for thousands of families, food and clean water are hard to come by, and many homes are completely uninhabitable leaving citizens looking for shelter and any help they can get. The total economic damages from Sandy are reported to be $30 billion to $50 billion, according to estimates from EQECAT, a firm that specializes in storm damage forecasting. With this being said, volunteers from all over the country are opening up their hearts and wallets, donating their time and money to help all those effected.
More than 4,000 Red Cross relief workers are offering assistance to people whose lives have been impacted by Sandy. Their primary goal is to provide food, water, supplies, shelter, and much needed comfort in the wake of the devastation. This past Friday night, more than 6,100 people were staying in Red Cross shelters in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, West Virginia and Ohio, according to a Red Cross press release. Obviously, this entire effort takes money and a lot of it. That is why the Red Cross is asking for your help. Even though you may not be able to make it to NY/NJ to help out personally, a few of your dollars can go a long way in helping out people that have had their lives turned upside down by this tragedy.
If you would like to help, and know with certianty your money is being used the right way here is how:
Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
You can also use the “donate” feature on the free Red Cross Apps for mobile devices to support the relief response. Contributions may also be sent to local Red Cross chapters or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.