After watching the terrible images of Hurricane Sandy–both before and after the storm–the amount of utter devastation is mind boggling. It’s been heartbreaking to be on Twitter, seeing my friends posting that they were without power, no heat and on the move trying to find a warm bed and a shower. Read on for more…

In times like this, it’s important to take a minute and give thanks. And in that moment of gratitude, pick up the phone or go online and help. It doesn’t have to be alot–the money you were going to spend on a new lipstick? Donate it to one of the worthy organizations below:

The American Red Cross is the first responder in disasters and they need our help. They need money and blood donations. To donate, text REDCROSS to 90999. Your donation ($10) will be added to your cell phone bill–it honestly couldn’t be simpler. You can also go online to RedCross.org to donate or schedule a blood donation.

You can give to the United Way Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund by texting RECOVERY to 52000 or by going to uwsandyrecovery.org. This fund will help individuals, families and communities along the Eastern Seaboard that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy’s devastation.

The Salvation Army is focusing disaster relief on feeding and sheltering victims. They’re setting up mobile feeding stations and kitchens, as well as shelters in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. To donate, go to Salvationarmyusa.org.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is offering assistance to pet owners and delivering much needed supplies for animal victims of Hurricane Sandy. You can donate here.

Do you have a bunch of airline award miles you’re not using? Many airlines including American, Continental, Delta, United and US Airways have charitable initiatives where you can donate your miles to Red Cross Disaster Relief.  Check with each airline for details.

This list isn’t meant to be an all-encompassing list–there are other websites for that. The main thing is to find an aid organization and donate.  And it doesn’t need to be just money. If you live in New York and want to volunteer your time, check nycservice.org to find a comprehensive list of agencies and organizations that need your help. Tomorrow, November 4th, there will also be a NYC Volunteerathon, a one day effort to support those recovering from Hurricane Sandy.

Let’s show Sandy that it takes more than than a hurricane to bring our east coast neighbors down!

 

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