Unless you’ve avoided all forms of media (and for most of the people I know, the outdoors, windows and doors), you’re well aware that Hurricane Sandy had her way with the Northeast earlier this week. The storm was the largest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded, and is responsible for at least $20 billion worth of damages. According to CNN (as of today), at least 76 people in the United States and two in Canada died during the storm, raising Sandy’s overall death toll to 145 after earlier claiming 67 lives in the Caribbean.
My area of South Jersey — just outside Philadelphia — was extremely lucky to remain relatively unscathed (power outages, downed trees/wires, some flooding), but many of my friends down the shore saw Sandy ravage their homes, streets, beaches and local businesses.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all affected. If you are interested in helping those in need as a result of Hurricane Sandy, please visit any of the following links:
How to help after Sandy
- 8 ways to help the victims of Superstorm Sandy
- Donate Blood: Red Cross | New York Blood Center
- American Red Cross | AmeriCares
- Catholic Charities USA | Church World Service
- Convoy of Hope | Direct Relief International
- Feeding America | International Medical Corps
- Jewish Federations of North America | Operation USA
- Operation Blessing International | Salvation Army
- Samaritan’s Purse | Save the Children
- Team Rubicon | World Vision
- Help for Pets: AHA | The Humane Society
- Best Friends Animal Society of New York