The devastation from Superstorm Sandy is beyond belief throughout the Northeast, especially in New York City and along the New Jersey and Connecticut shorelines. Here’s how you can help, even if you don’t live in any of the hard-hit areas. The best way to help is to donate to reputable, established charities. Three that are working hard to help victims now in the Tri-State area are:
- Red Cross, everybody’s go-to charity for emergency rescue support.
- City Harvest, which feeds the poor and homeless in and around New York City with food collected from restaurants.
- Humane Society, which provides love and care for pets abandoned in the mayhem.
As a native and lifelong New Yorker, I count as one of my personal favorite charities The Doe Fund, which provides employment for homeless men and women to sweep and clean streets. They will be busy, for sure, in coming days and weeks.
You can also donate to your favorite religious-based charity such as Catholic Charities and United Jewish Appeal, and designate your donation for Superstorm Sandy relief.
As I wrote on NYC on the Cheap, beware of what I call “pop up” charities, which appear suddenly after a disaster and are likely to be frauds. Check charity rating services like Charity Navigator to determine if a charity is legitimate, and how wisely it uses your donations.
More than 10 million people in the Northeast have no electricity. Thousands have lost their homes. Dozens have died. You can help. Please donate, and donate wisely.