[Friday] Friends in Need

As you guys may know, I’m originally from Long Island, NY and I spend quite a bit of time traveling back and forth from my old hometown to my new one. Unfortunately, Sandy is preventing this from happening for a little while.


Luckily, all of my family and friends were graced with good fortune and still have a home, but many around us cannot say the same.  I don’t want to grace your readers with a bunch of sad pictures of the devastation,  you can find that anywhere right now. But as my Facebook newsfeed quietly fills with stories of sadness and frustration, I feel like I should make a quick mention towards how you can help for today’s post.


The American Red Cross is currently accepting donations! Items aren’t as helpful at the moment so they are looking for money or blood donations.

  • Visit this page to find out where you can donate blood.
  • Visit this page to make a donation online.
  • You can text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 via your next wireless bill. Couldn’t be easier!
The Human Society’s Animal Rescue Team is currently in NY and NJ helping to find animals in need of rescue. Unfortunately, not all families were able to take their pets with them to their shelters. If you are looking to donate to the cause they are looking for money donations.
  • Visit this page to donate money online.
  • You can also text the word HUMANE to 80888 to donate $10.

If you’re in the area and looking to lend a hand, New York Cares is currently looking for volunteers to work on some of their relief projects. They are “the city’s largest volunteer organization, running volunteer programs for 1,300 nonprofits, city agencies and public schools.”
  • Visit this page to find out how to volunteer
  • You can also text iCARE to 85944 to donate $10.
Edit: Sandy was especially nasty to Rockaway.  Locals are hoping for donations through Graybeards, a trusted local organization in the Rockaway area.
Visit graybeards.com/ for more information on their organization and to donate.

Looking for more ways to help? NBC put together a great list of different groups who are active in the relief effort with direct links for how YOU can help.  From the bottom of my heart, my friends and I can’t thank you enough.

Hope you all have a safe and wonderful weekend!