How to Help the Victims of Hurricane Sandy
Whenever there is a natural disaster many of us are motivated both to pray and to offer material support and assistance. We can be confident that our prayers will reach the Right Ears. Here are several organizations to which you can send donations, confident that your gifts will actually go to where they needed!
Episcopal Relief and Development
To donate, visit www.er-d.org
Episcopal Relief & Development is an international relief and development agency and a compassionate response to human suffering on behalf of The Episcopal Church of the United States. Our work to heal a hurting world is guided by the principles of compassion, dignity and generosity.
American Red Cross
To donate, visit www.redcross.org, call 800-Red-Cross or text the word “Redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Nearly 100 Red Cross blood drives were canceled because of Sandy, so blood supplies are low in the areas affected the most. The Red Cross asks that those who can donate to schedule an appointment to give blood. The New York Blood Center is urging people to donate blood for those in the New York/New Jersey area. To donate, call 800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org.
The Salvation Army
To donate, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org
The Salvation Army has dozens of mobile feeding units and shelters along the East Coast that are working to serve thousands in the most heavily hit areas.
To donate, visit www.worldvision.org
World Vision is distributing flood clean-up kits, personal hygiene items and emergency food kits to people hit by the hurricane.
Save the Children
To donate, visit www.savethechildren.org
Save the Children provides relief to families and their children.
Priest’s Discretionary Fund
If you prefer, you may send a donation to the Priest’s Discretionary Fund at Trinity Church. The Rector or Assistant Priest will direct those funds to individual victim families as needs become known. Put “Hurricane relief” in the memo line and send a check to Priest’s Discretionary Fund, Trinity Episcopal Church, 227 Sherman St, Watertown NY 13601. If you prefer to use your credit card, click here to send an online payment using Paypal. (Put “Hurricane Relief” in the purpose box. Enter the amount. Near the credit card symbols at the lower left of the page click on “continue” to fill in your billing information.)
If you would like to do some hands-on volunteer work, Richard+ recommends “Dreambuilders.” DreamBuilders is a non-profit faith-based organization of teens and adults who help build and repair homes for those in need. DreamBuilders sponsors national and international work trips to build and restore homes for disaster victims as well as for the poor, often working hand-in-hand with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity. Visit dreambuildersmd.org for more information. Tell them we sent you!