As people continue to struggle in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy’s devastating impact on the East coast, you may be wondering what you can do to help. There are several options:
* As in any emergency involving injuries, the need for blood is great. The American Red Cross is seeking people willing and able to make blood donations. In addition, the Red Cross is providing food and shelter to those in need.
* Catholic Charities is providing disaster relief to victims of the storm in this country, wherever it is needed.
* Matthew Petronis, a student at the Catholic University of America, grew up and still resides in the Breezy Point neighborhood in New York which I posted about here. He is organizing a grass roots fundraising effort to help the people there during this difficult time with an eye towards getting them through the present to a future of rebuilding. It’s a beautiful witness of faith in action. Matthew has petitioned to have the effort recognized as a nonprofit for tax purposes. And if you can’t give financially, they are also collecting materials goods to help the people who have lost everything there. You can find out more here.
* ShelterBox works with people in need around the world and is monitoring the need from Hurricane Sandy and is prepared to step in if need arises. You can stay informed about whether ShelterBox has opportunities to help and find out more about what they do here.
I have listed here opportunities that clearly direct relief donations to the situation at hand. If you know of others, please share them here. Our thoughts and prayers continue to accompany those who have been affected by the storm.