Being eight months pregnant and a full-time working mom to a two-year-old sure keeps me busy. But, it should definitely never be an excuse to not help others in need.
Working at a television news station I’ve seen my share of horribly depressing stories and it often leaves me feeling like I wish I could help. Well, I’ve discovered a couple of new ways to help victims of superstorm Sandy.
While most everyone has resumed back to their normal routine, there are many families who are still trying to cope, and with the holidays coming it’s only going to be even harder for them.
If you haven’t donated and still would like to, here are some new or different ways.
Facebook is soon rolling out “Facebook Gifts.” The launch of the app was actually reset due to Sandy and has been rescheduled for Thursday, November 15. The Red Cross will be one of the 11 non-profit organizations participating.
Groupon is helping out small businesses who were directly affected by Sandy. Donations through their site will help fund microloans to support small businesses in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Visit Groupon.com/Sandy to donate.
As an animal lover, I’ve also been concerned about pets of evacuees. Through donations, the ASPCA is able to respond and provide relief in those areas most affected by Sandy’s impact. 100% of your gift to the ASPCA will go directly to their disaster recovery efforts and others like them in the future.
Shop for a Cause
E-tailers like eBay, Stylebop and Macy’s are either taking donations or donating percentages of their proceeds to The Red Cross. Now, you can do some holiday shopping and help those in need.
***It goes without saying of course, when donating online, be cautious about giving. Go to www.bbb.org/charity to research charities and relief organizations and verify that they are accredited by the BBB and meet the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.***