Like many of you, I watched on in horror as Hurricane Sandy damaged the east coast. New York City is certainly resilient, but even the most resilient places need a little help at times. 20,000 to 40,000 people are left with uninhabitable homes as of today. To put things in perspective here, the population of Ft. Thomas is roughly 16,436.
On a personal note, I was lucky enough to live in Lower Manhattan while attending graduate school. The news coverage is nothing compared to some of the stories I've been hearing from friends back in New York. Many Ft. Thomas natives have made the move to the New York City area over the years, and they now reside throughout the five boroughs and New Jersey. I'd be willing to bet that many of our readers know someone who lives or has lived in the New York City area.
What can you do? Here's a list of resources for helping in the Hurricane Sandy relief effort.
- Donate to the Salvation Army
- AARP donations
- Shirts for Sandy
- Donate to American Red Cross online
- Text 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief fund
- According to the Red Cross, Sandy forced 300 blood drives across 14 states to shut down. You can help by donating blood that can be used in the affected areas.
- Petsmart and ASPCA have each set up donation funds that directly aid their emergency relief programs for animals.
- Make a donation to Community Access, which is a Lower Manhattan based foundation that houses, feeds, and educates people with a variety of needs.
- Recovers.org has donation pages for some of highly impacted areas, including the Lower East Side (Manhattan), Astoria (Queens), Red Hook (Brooklyn), and Staten Island.
If you know of any relief efforts not featured on the list above, please share them with us in the comments section below.