Hurricane Sandy landed a week and a half ago. My family in New York and New Jersey was lucky. Relatives had their houses flooded, and others are still without power or heat. It's bad, and it's going to take time to rebuild. But everybody's ok.
Unfortunately, for hundreds of thousands of others, things are not ok. Far from it.
People still don't have power or water, basements are still flooded, gas shortages have made it hard to run generators, and temperatures are getting down into the 30s. MoveOn members who have volunteered have told us about finding families wet and shivering in the cold, and meeting people who've stopped eating because they don't have anywhere to relieve themselves.
Many of the worst-off places—Staten Island, the Jersey Shore, Long Island, and New York City neighborhoods like the Rockaways and Red Hook—are home to hundreds of thousands of working class and poor families. Families that don't have the resources to get a hotel room, or take weeks off from work, or wait in gas lines for 7 hours.
It's gotten so bad that Doctors Without Borders has set up their first-ever disaster relief effort in the U.S.1 MoveOn members across the tri-state area have been pitching in. But now we're asking MoveOn members across the country to help.
Community organizations are doing some of the best relief work—providing hot meals, distributing supplies, helping residents dig out—and they could desperately use our help. We've identified a few making a huge impact. Can you chip in to help them? MoveOn.org Civic Action will cover the credit card fees so every dollar of your donation goes to these organizations helping people in dire need.
Thanks for all you do.
–Daniel, Anna, Eliza, Carrie, and the rest of the team
1. "Far Rockaway: Global Disaster Zone," Outside, November 8, 2012
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