Thousands are still without power, homes, or are in limbo in shelters after last week’s devastating damage on the East Coast from Hurricane Sandy. And if you, like us, want to do all you can to help, we’ve gathered some tips from Cool Mom Picks and The Nest on the safest and best ways you can help your fellow Americans stay warm and fed during this difficult time—and avoid getting scammed by illegitimate organizations.
If you’re interested in helping moms and kids, Baby Buggy is a great option. You can donate money to the charitable organization on their Sandy-specific page or send goods like diapers and formula. They also have an immediate need for warm coats for children, sizes 0-5. You can send them to: Baby Buggy, 306 W 37th St., 8th Floor, New York, NY, 10018. Include your return address and they’ll send you a receipt that you can use for your tax deductions.
The American Red Cross is a reputable charity you can always count on. They will use your donations to provide warm shelter and meals to those who have been displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Sending supplies will slow them down, so at this time they ask for financial donations only. You can donate online or by texting REDCROSS to 90999.
The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean counties is a great resource for those who wish to help New Jersey families. Make sure to designate that your donation is for “Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief.” You can donate online here.
The Salvation Army is serving those in New Jersey with 16 shelters throughout the area and meals in 12 counties. In New York City, they are the lead agency for the City’s Food Access Plan and are working with partners from across the city on distribution of much-needed water and food supplies to 17 sites in Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. You can donate to their Hurricane Sandy efforts here.
Interested in other charities doing good work for those devastated by Sandy? Before you donate, check with Charity Navigator to make sure they’re a legitimate operation that will do what they say they will with your dollar. And if you’re local to New York or New Jersey, New York-based Cool Mom Picks also has some great local volunteer and giving opportunities you’ll want to check out here.
Let’s help our neighbors recover from this tragedy! Every little bit makes a big difference.
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