Want to contribute to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, but don’t know how? Here are five ways to get involved— and you don’t even have to be on the East Coast:
1. Get out your checkbook: The State of New Jersey has set up a Hurricane Relief Fund and is asking for donations here. The UJA-Federation of New York has also just released ten million dollars into a Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund—help top it up here.
2. Give blood: The Red Cross was forced to cancel hundreds of drives last week and blood stores are critically low. Donor centers in New York are working double-time, but you can donate anywhere in the United States and it’ll end up where it’s needed most.
3. De-clutter and donate: Clothing, toys, batteries, food, medicine, and toiletries are desperately needed throughout the tri-state area. If you are in the New York area, find out where specific items are needed via Occupy Sandy and Congregation Beth Elohim and donate thoughtfully.
4. Volunteer: No excuses! You can do it all over New York City, at any time of day. For up-to-date opportunities, check out Repair the World, WNYC, and New York Cares.
5. Hold a bake sale and send in the proceeds to the organizations above: Because there is nothing more heartening than cute kids and chocolate chip cookies.