Hurricane Sandy and another big storm this week have made life very tough for millions of people in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. This Sunday (November 11) is Veterans Day and that means some kids will have Monday off. (Others, especially in the New Jersey area aren’t getting the holiday this year to make up for the days they missed due to the hurricane.) Regardless, there’s a lot you can do to help with recovery efforts no matter where you live. Here are some options:
- NYC Sandy Needs is a blog filled with opportunities for hands-on help, from delivering food and water to elderly people in high rises to donating batteries and flashlights.
- If you live in Brooklyn, the Beam Center is taking kids to OccupySandy distribution huts to sort through donated goods on Monday, November 12.
- If you live in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania your family can also volunteer at a shelter run by The Salvation Army or help with clean up through Team Rubicon.
- Volunteering is awesome, but cash donations are crucial to any disaster recovery. You can send donations through your phone, provided you get permission from your grownups first! Donations will be deducted from your balance if you have a prepaid phone or added to your wireless bill.
- American Red Cross is providing meals, water, shelter, clothing, and emotional support. Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10. You can also get grownups and kids ages 17 and older to donate blood.
- Humane Society of the United States is caring for more than 430 animals in three animal shelters. Text ANIMALS to 20222 to donate $10 to their Disaster Relief Fund. Your family may also be able to foster an animal.