The damage done to the New York/New Jersey area has left several of the companies whose products I use to create this blog water logged and without power. This has made writing the blog more difficult than usual, so I’m going to take today off and pick it up this weekend, when I have more time to figure out a new process. But in the wake of such devastation, my stalled blogging progress feels like a silly first world problem.
Washingtonians, this could have been us. A few hundred miles, a shift in the wind, and we would be the ones walking across bridges to get to work climbing 10 flights of stairs to get out of flooded buildings. So let’s open our wallets and help out our fellow Atlantic residents.
If you live in the NY area, or know people who do who are lucky enough to be out of harm’s way, you can donate time with New York Cares.
New York Cares is accepting volunteer applications through their website, especially if you’ve attended a New York Care orientation sometime in the recent past. Updates about where to volunteer will be updated throughout the day but for now potential volunteers should create an account so they can be contacted if they are needed.
Other suggested donation sites posted on Gothamist are:
The Red Cross is looking for volunteers to assist in shelters throughout the region. Shifts are 12-hours and volunteers work over multiple days. Training will be afforded to those without experience. Sign up by filling out an online application here. At this time, individual donations or collections are not accepted. Per the Red Cross: “The cost to sort, package and distribute these types of donations to disaster victims is usually greater than the cost of purchasing the items locally, and it is logistically impossible to distribute a wide variety of individual items in a meaningful and equitable way.” Instead, make a financial gift via www.redcross.org, 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Team Rubicon has initiated “Operation Greased Lightning” and has dispatched response teams all over Sandy’s path to help with removing debris. They are asking for donations to purchase supplies like chainsaws and gasoline.
The Food Bank For New York City has different ways for you to get involved: You can donate by texting FBNYC to 50555—or you can see if your local pantry or kitchen can use volunteers by going to the locator.
For thos of you not familiar with Team Rubicon, they are a group of veterans who continue to serve their country by serving as first responders and rescue personnel in moments of crisis. You can learn more here.
You can also donate through iTunes, which is collecting donations for the Red Cross. So if you’re headed home tonight to download some tunes for the weekend, consider throwing a few dollars that way.
Lastly, there are many pets and furry friends who need assistance as well. I recommend donating to the ASPCA if you are interested in helping provide shelter and food for animals who have been abandoned as a result of the storm or displaced with their owners.
Have a safe and enjoyable weekend. xoxo, Belle