Helping Hurricane Sandy Victims One Year Later
It happens all too often.
We become saturated with images of the latest natural disaster and there’s an outpouring of donations; however, slowly but surely, people start to forget and the money starts to disappear.
But that doesn’t mean the survivors no longer need our help.
So, today, as we commemorate the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the East Coast a year ago Tuesday, JET wants to do more in the wake of a system that killed more than 100 people and displaced thousands of families in its wake. Here are five ways to help the people who are still suffering:
Donate. Yes, we know you probably donated last year, but there is still recovery to be done. Cash contributions are still, by far, the best way to help those in need. The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster can help you find local organizations that will distribute that money.
Give blood. Just because the immediate impact is over, doesn’t mean the need for blood is gone, too. Visit the Red Cross to find out if there is still a blood supply shortage in a disaster area.
Organize a collection drive. Find out what is still needed before you starting shipping items by visiting The Aidmatrix Network website. Product donations are important; however, sending unsolicited items can create a problem of their own.
Volunteer. There are plenty of nonprofit organizations that still need volunteers to help rebuild communities hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Visit NewYorkCares.org to find out how you can help.
Show emotional support. If you or someone you know is still coping with the aftermath of the hurricane emotionally, direct them to the Disaster Distress Helpine’s website or have them dial 1-800-985-5990. Calls are free and confidential.