Although the storm is over, the ravages of Hurricane Sandy are far from healed.
As a New York resident, it has been heartbreaking to see the damage left in the hurricane's wake. And many people feel helpless and frustrated in wanting to help disaster victims with some kind of aid and relief.
Very smartly, some started a wedding registry on Amazon for things that are sorely needed. H&M stores in the US are accepting customer donations on behalf of the American Red Cross Disaster Relief fund in addition to donating $50,000, which aids relief in New York and all 16 states that were affected by Hurricane Sandy — New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Indiana, and Michigan — more than you thought, isn't it?
Also, dressbarn is collecting donations for the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief in all of their stores, and will be matching contributions up to $100,000.
But it's helpful to have a reminder, like a string around your finger, that people still need help. And as a reminder of just how lucky so many of us are.
Jewelry company the FFS has put a spin on the iconic I-heart-New York logo with a bracelet designed specifically for Hurricane Sandy. "Our hearts are with you" ($90) is a vulcanite bracelet with a sterling silver charm stamped with R heart-symbol R w NY.
And, as they did before for victims of Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti, all profits will go to the Red Cross disaster relief fund.
Even better? Because there has been cause to speculate in recent years where charity money really goes, they have said this:
"We will give an update on our website of the amount donated to the Red Cross for the sale of the bracelets."
That is a lovely way to show some real love.
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