I didn’t work on Tuesday. Having Election Day off is one of the perks of working here. Our company wants to make sure we have time to vote, I guess! So I did, and I spent a big chunk of the rest of the day pulling out warm clothes in anticipation of the Nor’easter that hit my ‘hood this week. Just what people hard hit by Superstorm Sandy DON’T need, huh? While I was at it, I set aside a bunch of warm clothes and shoes for victims of Sandy.
Celebrities are making big donations to help the relief effort—wow, Barbra Walters, $250,000?! Major retailers are donating big bucks too, as well as supplies.
Some companies are making it easy for you to help too. Here’s a roundup of some easy ways to give:
Many retailers’ web pages including Costco, Gap, Home Depot, Sam’s Club, and others link prominently to the American Red Cross; click to donate money, give blood, or volunteer.
Shop at Walgreens and you can easily donate to the Red Cross; just ask to add your donation to your purchase total at checkout.
Donate to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City by going to Modells.comGive to the Red Cross via the Weather Channel and it will match your donation.
If you’ve seen others, please tell us about them in the comments below.
Oh, and FYI: One other cool innovation I came across: the Red Cross Hurricane app. If you’re in a storm zone, you might want to download it. The app (for Apple and Android) will give you storm alerts, shoot out an “I’m safe” message to friends and family if a hurricane hits, and even give you a flashlight and audible alarm. Download here or call "**REDCROSS" (**73327677) and they’ll send you a link.