Operation Donation

Operation Donation

Lora Pippin, Staff Writer

Hurricane Sandy, the second largest Atlantic hurricane, is estimated to have caused at least $50 billion in damage, and has left 1 million in the dark without power.  Thirteen states issued states of emergencies, with the most apparent damage done in New Jersey and New York.

Are you wishing you could help the people affected by the hurricane? You can; it’s easy and is truly needed.

You can donate to the followings organizations to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy:

1.   Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give a $10 donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief, an organization that helps people affected by catastrophes such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires and earthquakes.  The donation amount is added to the donor’s phone bill and is sent to the Red Cross after the payment cycle.

2.   AmeriCares has provided over 30 years of disaster relief, supplying flashlights, bottled water, first aid kits, and medical help to those in need. Go to AmeriCares.org to donate, a credit card is needed.

3.   Used iTunes lately? Donations can be made from iTunes, which transfers money from your account directly to those in need. One hundred percent of the money collected goes to the Red Cross.

4.   Don’t forget about the furry four-legged friends that are affected by natural disasters. Donate to the ASPCA online, which is currently helping care for more than 400 evacuated pets in Long Island.  Call 1-800-628-0028 to donate or go to their website to donate, a credit card is needed.

 

Other local disaster relief ideas:

  1. Check out potential donation sites at cities halls, local churches, and Salvation Army locations and check to see if they are collecting contributions to take to affected states

~Donations items that are most needed: Bottled water, toiletries, warm clothes such as coats and gloves, waterproof boots, flashlights, batteries, and cleaning supplies.

2.   Start your own club or organization that collects supplies or raises money to donate to shelters, food banks, and hospitals in the North East.

3.   According to an Eyewitness News Article, Blood Donations Needed, 400 hospitals are reporting blood shortages as a result of the devastation caused by the hurricane. Donating blood is a great way to save a life and help those in need.

~ The American Red Cross is setting up a blood donation station on November 26 at the Lowe’s Store, 770 Grapevine Hwy in Hurst, from 9:00am to 3:00pm. All blood types are needed.

For more information on how you can help the recovery effort of Hurricane Sandy go to http://www.redcrossblood.org/  or http://www.fema.gov/  for a list of other disaster relief associations.

Source- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/05/hurricane-sandy-power-outages_n_2077407.html