Over the last week, I’ve been glued to my computer screen while following hashtags on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook updates, from friends, family and colleagues during the time leading up to as well as during and after Hurricane Sandy. The disaster and destruction this storm caused is horrific and I can’t even imagine how some of these families are going to pull through. Homes have been destroyed and lives have been turned upside down leaving many wondering where and what they are going to do next.
As of yesterday power has been restored for most people… or at least those who still have a home. Living in Ontario, Canada, I feel like my hands have been tied behind my back. Thankfully there are still plenty of things we can all do to help.
The online space is an incredible one that has introduced me to some brilliant minds, witty ones and friends with huge hearts. A few of these people have already rounded up information.
- Cool Mom Picks has put together a list of legitimate charities who are doing incredible work during the midst of this disaster. In other words, you don’t have to worry about any of these being bogus – they are the real deal.
- Jamie Grayson aka TheBabyGuyNYC posted this on his Facebook page yesterday:
For those of you curious as to where to send donations to LOCAL relief efforts in the hardest-hit areas of NYC (Staten Island, Rockaways, etc) PLEASE see the address info below.
The Salvation Army
Victims of Hurricane Sandy
536 W 46th St
NY, NY 10036
4916 Arthur Kill Road
Staten Island, NY 10309
(this is a local cafe that is taking donations for the area to distribute)
Hurricane Sandy Donations
219 Beach 129th St
Belle Harbor, NY 11694
- Nicole Feliciano is hosting a Twitter party, Blogger event and Diaper Drive with proceeds going to charities, organizations and the Red Cross. Visit MomTrends for more details.
- My friend Audrey McClelland from Mom Generations has also put together a great list of ways you can help.
Finally, if you can make a donation to the Red Cross by simply texting. Americans text REDCROSS to 90999 and Canadians can text RED CROSS to 30333 to donate.
Photo credit: The New Yorker