Hurricane Sandy and Tropical Storm Son Tinh are leaving miles of destruction and tragedy in many areas across the globe. I wanted to give a quick note of ways that you can help out during this time.
Here are some examples of the damage Hurricane Sandy is causing.
Here is information about Tropical Storm Son-Tinh happening in Southeast Asia:
Please consider helping out for both of these natural disasters. I have listed information for both areas below:
HURRICANE / SUPERSTORM SANDY:
1-800-733-2767 or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
You can also donate online at: redcross.org
1-800-725-2769 or text STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
You can also donate online at: salvationarmyusa.org
HEART TO HEART INTERNATIONAL
text HEART to 27722 to make a $10 donation or mail a check to:
Heart to Heart
401 S. Clairborne Rd, Suite 302
Olathe, KS 66062
You can also donate online at: hearttoheart.org
TROPICAL STORM / TYPHOON SON-TINH:
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Go to: ifrc.org and select: “DISASTER RELIEF EMERGENCY FUND” or “The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)” in the beneficiary option when donating
Stay connected with the latest updates regarding Storm Son-Tin via the IFRC on Facebook and Twitter.
Here are some additional tips on helping out via the RedCross.org:
- Donate cash to an established disaster relief organization, like the American Red Cross. It’s the fastest way to get help to those who need it most.
- If you’d like to donate used or new products, contact an established disaster relief organization that is serving the affected area to determine whether there is a specific need for what you’d like to donate.
- If you’d like to donate large amounts of items, work directly with organizations that deal with donating bulk supplies, which can help large numbers of people in the affected community.
- Prior to delivering items to an established relief organization, call to determine appropriate location and time for drop-off, as many have specific collection points.
- If you would like to organize a food or clothing drive, contact an established disaster relief organization to determine what is most needed in the affected community and how to ensure the donations are properly collected.
- Ask if what you’d like to donate is needed, culturally appropriate and if relief organizations can manage the collection effectively. Some well-intentioned yet inappropriate product, food or used clothing donations can actually divert the attention of disaster relief organizations and local governments away from the task at hand by requiring them spend time sorting and storing unneeded items.
- Consider selling your items on eBay Giving Works, or another site and donate the proceeds to an established disaster relief organization serving the affected area.
Additionally, the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD) works with Red Cross partner organizations to help assist those that have been affected by a disaster. For more information on NVOAD, click Here.
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