In New York City, the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy continues to unfold. Though my apartment--and neighborhood--in Brooklyn escaped the devastating natural disaster unscathed, the scene is drastically different in other close-by areas most affected by the storm. From the more than 100 homes in Breezy Point, Queens, that burned to the ground to power-less residents of Lower Manhattan, the multibillion-dollar natural disaster is effecting the day-to-day lives of many people today and in the days, weeks, months--and probably years--to come. Hurricane Sandy disaster relief programs need support and, whether you live near or far, there many ways you can help.
The most obvious way to help Hurricane Sandy victims is to reach out to your personal network. If you know anyone in the areas hit by the storm, ask how they are doing and if they need anything. Acknowledging the fact that a natural disaster has taken place goes a long way. A home-cooked meal, clean sheets, a shower, an outlet, a glass of water goes even further. Offering your home, shower, or electricity to friends and family is a great way to be of service to friends in need.
If you are able to safely make donations of clothing, blood, food, money, or your time, there are plenty local and national organizations that need support. Get started, here: