Hurricane Sandy: How Your Family Can Help

Hurricane Sandy swept the Northeast yesterday, leaving millions of people in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania without electricity and destroying hundreds of homes and businesses. Regardless of where you live, here are ways you can help those affected by this disastrous storm:

Donate Blood
Due to the storm, the American Red Cross had to cancel more than100 blood drives, and is now running low on supplies. You can call 1-800-Red-Cross to schedule a donation or visit RedCrossBlood.Org.

Volunteer at a Shelter
If you're in the tri-state area, the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross and the City of New York are seeking volunteers to provide emergency shelter and food for those left homeless. Visit their websites to help.

Donate Money, Food and Supplies
You can send a text message to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Direct Relief International, Feeding America, AmeriCares, Samaritan's Purse and more charities are in need of emergency medical supplies, kits and food, too. Churches and community centers nationwide are also helping facilities donations, so check a location near you.

Foster an Animal
Many animals were left displaced after the storm and the Humane Society of the United States, ASPCA and the American Humane Association are looking for families to help care for these animals while they find permanent homes.

Help Clean Up
If you're able to travel to the tri-state area to help, the Samaritan's Purse and Team Rubicon are seeking volunteers to help with flooding, street damage and more right away.

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