By now, you've seen the destruction that Hurricane Sandy has caused to the upper East Coast and read stories of the hospitals having to evacuate due to failing backup generators.
I haven't personally watched too much on the news, but I have seen the first hand photos via Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and have read the comments of real people who have lost so much. One lady in particular commented that she saw her baby's car seat floating in her own house and the crib was flipped over(and presumably soaked). That comment stuck with me, maybe because I have a 6 month old, maybe because it's my "industry", or maybe because it is an opportunity to help parents in need.
Our hearts and prayers go out to all the victims, but what can we do to help?
There are a number of places that are taking donations:
The Salvation Army
Victims of Hurricane Sandy
536 W 46th St
NY, NY 10036
4916 Arthur Kill Road
Staten Island, NY 10309
(this is a local cafe that is taking donations for the area to distribute)
Hurricane Sandy Donations
219 Beach 129th St
Belle Harbor, NY 11694
Island Park Fire Department
440 Long Beach Road
Island Park, NY 11558
The greatest needs right now are blankets, diapers, wipes, underwear, water, coats, and pre-mixed formula. I also imagine that baby carriers and portable cribs would be greatly appreciated right now. (There are also lists of other items needed being posted on the Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive Facebook page.)
The easiest and potentially least expensive (as far as shipping costs go) way to send items are through Amazon, Diapers.com or other online shopping channels (although I have not tried yet to see if they will ship to these addresses).
You can also TEXT the word "REDCROSS" to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross Diasater Relief.
($10 will be added to your phone bill and you must be over 18 to do this.)
** Verizon has pledged to match text donations up to $1M [read more here]**
The Red Cross is also taking blood donations, as they always are, to find a blood draw near you, click here.
Whether you are reading this as a business owner who has done a giveaway or promotion with us in the past, or as an individual, I hope you take a few minutes to help out. I can't imagine, as a mother, what it would be like to be without the basic essentials for my babies.
A big thank you to The Baby Guy NYC for compiling the list of trusted addresses that are accepting donations.