A call for help . . .

Helping Hurricane Sandy victimsWhile many are still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, yet another storm – a nor’easter – is blowing through the east coast today.

I was born and raised in New York so it holds a soft spot in my heart. Not only that, but I still have family and friends there.

While one brother who lives on Long Island was fortunate to have survived Hurricane Sandy unscathed, my other brother’s home in CT flooded and was without power. Fortunately, compared to the losses others experienced, my family and friends are safe and sound.

However, as you’ve seen in the news, many others are in need of assistance. It’s been my experience that, in times of need, communities rally around and help one another. Hence, the reason for this message.

Whether you live on the east coast or not, you can make a difference. Here’s how. . .

The American Red Cross:
Getting supplies, meals and water into affected areas is their top priority. Since the beginning of the Sandy relief effort:

  • More than 5,900 Red Cross workers have been assigned to operations from Virginia to Rhode Island, with the majority in Greater New York and throughout New Jersey.
  • The Red Cross has provided more than 61,000 overnight shelter stays in more than 250 Red Cross shelters.
  • More than 3.2 million meals and snacks have been served.
  • The Red Cross has distributed more than 121,000 relief items such as clean-up kits and hygiene kits.

Please donate today. Financial donations make the greatest and most immediate impact, helping the Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy. Thank you. (Source: The American Red Cross)

The Humane Society of the U.S.:
The Humane Society of the United States is on the ground in New Jersey and New York to provide critical assistance for animals and families.

However, they can’t help animals in disaster-affected areas without you. They ask for your support in making their preparedness, rescue, and relief work possible.

Please donate today. Your help ensures that their team can continue to answer the call during times of disaster wherever and whenever animals need us.

Your gift will be used exclusively for their relief work to help animals during this and other disasters. Thank you.

The New York Blood Center:
The center is urging people to donate blood for those in the New York/New Jersey area. To donate, call 800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org. Thank you.

Feeding America:
Feeding America has thousands of pounds of emergency food, water and supplies in the disaster zone that they are working to distribute to the storm’s victims. To donate, visit www.feedingamerica.org or call 800-910-5524. Thank you.

Additional Resources?
You’ll find additional resources on how to help Hurricane Sandy victims here:


Or simply search Google for “How to help Hurricane Sandy victims.”

Here’s to your caring and compassionate heart. Thank you.

“Our prime purpose in life is to help others. And, if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” – Dalai Lama