I know many are still storm-stricken, dealing with the aftermath of superstorm Sandy and now Wednesday’s Nor’easter. Our heartfelt thoughts go out to those who haven’t, and probably won’t for a very long time, recovered. For those of us not in the area, one only need look at before and after photos to see the devastation and destruction. So many of you have been, and continue to be, out there on the front lines to bring back some semblance of “normal” to the affected areas. We want to say THANK YOU to each and every one of you.
But what has been most inspiring is the spirit of camaraderie, the willingness to come together for the greater good. There were countless acts of kindness by neighbors and strangers alike. While some things have returned to operation, today, still some one million children are in shelters and hundreds of thousands are without power in the region. Clearly, there is still a long, long road to recovery ahead.
Just the basics: food, water, clothing and shelter are still hard to come by, not to mention medicine, supplies and other necessities. So, for those who want to help or need it, here is some information:
- Donate, volunteer, give blood or otherwise contribute via the American Red Cross. To donate, call 800-Red-Cross or text the word “Redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- Save the Children is also working to provide relief to families and their children. Visit www.savethechildren.org to donate.
- Get updates on volunteer opportunities, donation drop-off locations and current on-the-ground updates via Twitter: Official Occupy Sandy Relief NYC
- Find a location for much needed blood donations in the New York/New Jersey area. To donate, call 800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org.
- Check out this article to learn about other ways to help.
By the way, if you are looking for work space with power and Internet access, our NY office on 29 Broadway is available. Please direct message @Internap on twitter for more details.