We Can Help! Hurricane Sandy Relief Info
The Containment Area for Relocated Yankees. Relocated Yankees. Yup, that means that most of us that live in the beautiful town of Cary, NC came from someplace else…I would guess they relocated primarily from our neighbors up North, including New York and New Jersey.
Everyone I know has family and friends that were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Even if you don’t, they are our family members in spirit, right?
Here’s how to help our fellow Americans-
Donate Money to the American Red Cross
If donating online, please make sure that you are giving to the actual Red Cross- go directly to the source: RedCross.org
You can also text the word “Redcross” to 90999 to donate $10.
Visit your local Red Cross Chapter to donate blood.
For Cary, North Carolina: Cary Blood Donation Center
Blood Donors Must:
- Be healthy*
- Be at least 17 years old in most states, or 16 years old with parental consent if allowed by state law- call the center for more info.
- Weigh at least 110 lbs.
Additional weight requirements apply for donors 18 years old and younger and all high school donors.
* Note: Healthy means that you feel well and can perform normal activities. If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, healthy also means that you are being treated and the condition is under control.
Over 90% of the American Red Cross workers are volunteers. They need you- whether is answering phones and chairing a blood drive, there are numerous ways you can help. Just give your local chapter a call to get started.
Donate Money to the Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is providing food, shelter, clean-up kits, and emotional care to those affected by Sandy. Support their good work by donating now online.
Feeding America will also be providing thousands of pounds of emergency food, water, and other supplies to those affected. If you would like to donate to this organization, please visit FeedingAmerica.org.
Of course, there are numerous other wonderful organizations that are doing work now. Just know that there are many ways you can help- by giving money, blood, or time.
I also think this is the time to “be open” to opportunities. For example, is there a neighbor who will be taking in family/friends from the East Coast? Can you help them- providing dinner, transportation, extra space??
Let’s also be mindful that recovery to these areas will be a long process. Let’s plan on including future donations to our household budgets:)
Everything counts in times like this- no matter how small the donation, the effect will be significant.