With the festive period upon us, I was just thinking ways with which we could make a difference to fellow human beings. After all, the festive period is all about that – being generous, giving gifts, cherishing bonds and the like.
And what better way to show you care than help Hurricane Sandy Victims? It’s been close to two months now that the super-storm washed away dreams and hopes, along with houses and properties; but rebuilding from the disaster has only begun. Residents are still struggling and are in desperate need of shelter. The truth and the extent of the damage are sinking in now.
Read up on the multiple ways with which you could give to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Here’s our collection of various charity organisations – where you can donate/contribute – who help provide food, shelter, and other supplies to the victims of the super-storm.
Provide emergency supplies
World Vision, AmeriCares, Catholic Charities USA, Direct Relief International, Feeding America and Operation Blessing International all provide food, medical supplies, emergency kits and support.
The Salvation Army has dozens of mobile feeding units and shelters along the East Coast that are working to serve thousands in the most heavily-hit areas.
Help children in need:
Save the Children pays special attention to the needs of children affected by the storm.
Attend to animals:
The Humane Society of the United States, the American Humane Association and ASPCA help rescue stranded pets and give pet food to those in need. They have also been going door to door looking for abandoned animals.
Sean Casey Animal Rescue group also has been taking in a lot of rescued and abandoned pets including dogs, turtles, birds, cats and snakes.
Team Rubicon and Samaritan's Purse are asking for volunteers to help the storm victims, as well as for cleaning and rebuilding.
Concert for Sandy Relief:
12.12.12 – The Concert for Sandy Relief will take place on December 12, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Various television channels in the US and other international TVs will air the four-hour concert which is expected to reach over 1 billion people worldwide. The concert will feature performances by such artists as Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Roger Waters, Eddie Vedder, Kanye West, The Who.
NOTE: When planning to donate to a non-profit (in the wake of any disaster), make sure you verify that it is legitimate and that your funds will go where it is intended. Charity evaluators like Guidestar and Charity Navigator are good ways we recommend to check that the organisation you're donating to is established and legitimate.
Today, when you are thinking of festive period and holidays, spare a thought for ones who could not think past – how to stay warm, what to eat, and how they are going to survive. They have no heat, no running water, no power…and they are hurting.
Make a difference this season of goodwill.
Have you donated to Sandy relief efforts yet?