New York and New Jersey continues to feel the effects of the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. I’m continually amazed at our capacity to reach past our own fears and, with empathy and generosity, find goodness in our hearts. The stories of selfless heroism of ordinary people and first responders are just starting to surface. From cabbies running people out of harm’s way in Midtown Manhattan to police risking their lives to save families trapped in flooded homes along the New Jersey Shore.
Here is an article from the Huffington Post celebrating a few of the hero’s who exemplify the best of us in the most challenging of circumstances.
If you would like to help, here are some ways you could do so.
- Red Cross: Call 800-Red-Cross or text the word “Redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- The New York Blood Center is urging people to donate blood for those in the New York/New Jersey area. To donate, call 800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org.
- The Salvation Army has dozens of mobile feeding units and shelters along the East Coast that are working to serve thousands in the most heavily hit areas. Visit www.salvationarmyusa.org to donate.
- Feeding America has thousands of pounds of emergency food, water and supplies in the disaster zone that it is working to distribute to the storm’s victims. To donate, visit www.feedingamerica.org or call 800-910-5524.
- AmeriCares is providing medicine and other supplies to people affected by Hurricane Sandy. To donate, visit www.americares.org.
- World Vision is distributing flood clean-up kits, personal hygiene items and emergency food kits to people hit by the hurricane. To donate, visit www.worldvision.org.
- Save the Children is also working to provide relief to families and their children. Visit www.savethechildren.org to donate.