Last week, much of the East Coast and Mid-Atlantic region was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. One week later, many are still without power, and, unfortunately, many others have lost their homes, cars, and personal belongings in the storm.
Our hearts go out to those affected by this tragic storm, and we encourage anyone who has the resources to donate their time, money, or goods to help Hurricane Sandy survivors. Below is a list of opportunities to serve throughout the region.
- ATI Physical Therapy East Coast Donation Drive: We will be collecting donations at our East Coast Corporate Office (211 Executive Drive, Suite 11, Newark, DE) now through Friday, November 9, at 9 a.m. to help those affected by the storm. We are accepting any type of clean clothing, coats, non-perishable food, or bottled water, but particularly need the following items:
- Paper products (tissues, paper towels, toilet paper, etc.)
- Cleaning Supplies (brooms, mops, etc.)
- Elder care items (Depends)
- Baby formula and supplies
- Red Cross Blood Donations: Because of Hurricane Sandy, the Red Cross had to cancel 350 blood drives last week, leaving the organization with a shortfall of almost 12,000 units of blood and palates. To donate blood, visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation where you can enter your zip code, find blood drives in your area, and make an appointment to give.
- Red Cross Monetary Donations: According to the Red Cross website, their “response to Sandy is large and very costly and is likely to be the biggest in Red Cross history in the past five years.” To donate, visit http://www.redcross.org/lp/sandy, call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- Philabundance Donations: Philabundance is the Delaware Valley region’s largest food provider and, according to a recent CBS 3 report, is critically low on food, especially after the hurricane. There are many opportunities to help, including making a monetary donation, giving food, volunteering, and hosting a food drive. Visit http://www.philabundance.org/take-action/get-involved/ to view opportunities.
- Bux-Mont Hurricane Sandy Cleanup Team: This group was started by Paul Dziewisz, a Bucks County resident who wanted to help clean up the Bucks & Montgomery Counties hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. He started the “Bux-Mont Hurricane Sandy Cleanup Team” on Facebook and helped to organize a community clean-up this past weekend. According to the Facebook page, Dziewisz says that the group’s efforts are not over. To see how you can help with cleanup, visit their Facebook group.
- Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive at XFINITY Live!: On Wednesday, Nov. 7, Fox 29, XFINITY Live! Philadelphia, Comcast Spectacor, and WMMR have partnered with the Salvation Army to collect supplies for those in need. Supplies being collected include bottled water/soda/juice, wrapped snacks, batteries, toiletries, and gift cards to Wal-Mart. For more information, visit the Fox 29 website at http://www.myfoxphilly.com/story/20004679/hurricane-sandy-relief-drive-at-xfinity-live-wednesday.
- New York Cares Donations: New York City was one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, and New York Cares offers various opportunities to help with relief efforts. To volunteer or to donate, visit http://newyorkcares.org/volunteer/disaster/. The site also lists areas where you can donate coats, clothing, food/water, and other physical goods.
- Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund: To help New Jersey residents affected by Sandy, Governor Christie set up the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. To donate, visit https://sandynjrelieffund.org/index.html.
- Long Island Volunteer Center: An affiliate of the HandsOn Network, the Long Island Volunteer Center is coordinating volunteer efforts throughout the region. As of November 4, they had almost 900 individuals pre-registered to volunteer in the area. They are working with local, regional, and national organizations to get volunteers to places that need the most help. To register to volunteer, visit http://www.longislandvolunteercenter.org/.