How to help the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort
Now that the immediate danger of Hurricane Sandy has passed, cleanup and recovery efforts are monopolizing the time of many national non-profits, organizations that are first responders in the aftermath of any domestic disaster.
If you aren’t sure to help the victims of the hurricane, which led to the loss and damage of thousands of homes, donating to one of these organizations is a sure way to help. You can be assured that your dollars will go to a good cause and actually help people.in need.
Among the organizations responding to meet the diverse needs in the aftermath of the storm:
Direct Relief: This international disaster response agency is focusing its recovery efforts on making sure that residents of hurricane-affected areas have access to the prescriptions and medications they need. Direct Relief is authorized to give out prescription drugs in all 50 states and has an extensive network of clinics to serve patient needs. RentCafe’s parent company is a major supporter of Direct Relief and is proud to assist in these recovery efforts.
The American Red Cross: The Red Cross is looking for blood and platelet donations that will help replenish the nation’s supply of surplus blood to give hospital patients. Donating blood is a good idea year round, but becomes especially needed heading into the holiday season when donations tend to drop off in volume. If you haven’t given blood in awhile, this is a great reminder to do so.
The Humane Society of the United States: Pets were very affected by the hurricane, so if you have affection for animals, perhaps your donation dollars should go to a group that helps our furry friends. Shelters are taking in additional animals, evacuees have had to find places to stay that are pet-friendly, and some shelters have had to evacuate their rescued animals. The Humane Society has dispatched teams of rescuers to assist with animals in the most hard-hit hurricane areas.
Feeding America: Food and water supplies are being provided to hurricane victims by Feeding America, a national food bank that helps the hungry via its network of regional food banks. Donations are used to provide nutritious, non-perishable foodstuffs and make sure they reach the people who need them most.
Found other ways to help out after the hurricane? Tell us about your efforts in the comments section.