“Frankenstorm,” a combination of Hurricane Sandy, an early winter storm in the West, and arctic air from the North, has caused incalculable damage in the Caribbean and across the East Coast of the United States. Residents from Northern Canada to Bermuda are caught in the never-before-experienced aftermath of flooding, power outages, fires and devastation. Cities are struggling to supply basic services and restore order.
Give now—with a one-time donation or monthly recurring gift—so charities can get residents the help they need. Here is a list of charities on the ground, working, right now:
- American Red Cross — Providing shelter and supplies. During the first day of the storm, Red Cross had already deployed 1,300 disaster workers and had 160 emergency vehicles ready to respond.
- AmeriCares — Delivering medical aid and shelter supplies.
- ASPCA — Providing shelter and food for thousands of animals.
- City Harvest— Providing food to people in the areas hardest hit.
- Direct Relief International— Supporting the immediate needs of those affected by working with local partners best situated to assess, respond, and prepare for long-term recovery.
- Doctors Without Borders— Treating patients on the spot in New York and New Jersey.
- Habitat for Humanity— Rebuilding, repairing and cleaning up in the hardest hit areas.
- Humane Society — Supplying shelter and food for pets.
- Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City— Identifying immediate aid needs, including food, water and hygiene supplies, as well as long-term relief and restoration efforts.
- Operation USA — Sending emergency, shelter and cleaning supplies to affected areas, in addition to helping health clinics restore services.
- Samaritan’s Purse — Sending staff, equipment and volunteers to three of the affected areas on the East Coast.
- Save the Children—Reuniting children with their families, providing child-friendly shelter.
- United Way of America— Addressing recovery needs in communities that FEMA has declared disaster areas.
- World Vision —Supplying flood clean-up kits, personal hygiene items, and emergency food kits.
For more charities that offer help to US disaster victims, search the JustGive Guide.