As the true extent of the damage of Superstorm Sandy is coming to light, the amount of help needed on the East Coast is immense. As hundreds of thousands sit in the dark with little food, others have lost their entire households.
I’ve rounded up some ways that bloggers can help. Please add any links to vetted fundraisers, other ideas to help relief ideas or links to posts you’ve written about Sandy in the comments.
1. Write a post and ask your readers to donate money to the American Red Cross, or another disaster relief organization working to help. I know this is obvious, but it’s also a good solution if you’re in the same situation as me, you want to help but don’t have funds to give.
2. Organize a virtual blood drive. Ask readers to donate blood in their local communities and report back on their donation. Tally the donations to rally your community. Blood banks are reporting shortages. Donate blood and write about it on your social media circles to inspire others to help, too.
3. Start an online charity auction or other fundraising campaign, with proceeds going to Hurricane Sandy victims. A few words of caution: auctions, even for charity, are actually against Facebook rules and setting up an auction using PayPal can also be an issue.
4. Collect items to help Keep in mind many of the larger organizations encourage financial contributions over goods. However, sometimes church groups, smaller charities and other civic groups will take collections. You could coordinate with a blogger friend in the area to get the items in the hands of neighbors that need them. Blankets, canned goods, toiletries, warm coats and generators are just some of the needed items. You could collect items from readers in your local area and package them all up.
5. Be in it for the long haul. After a few weeks, Superstorm Sandy will be out of the news cycles, but people affected will still need help. Keep telling the story on your blog or social media sites.
Do you know of any relief efforts for the storm in the blogging world? Do you have any ideas to add?