How can you help the victims of Sandy from St. Clair Shores?
The American Red Cross Greater New York Region provided the following information with suggestions for helping those affected by the impact of Sandy.
Donations to the Red Cross and giving blood are two great ways to support the efforts.
More than 360 Red Cross blood drives have been cancelled due to the storm, representing a loss of as many as 12,000 blood and platelet products. People who are eligible, especially in places not affected by the storm, are asked to schedule a donation appointment in the days and weeks to come.
- Donate Blood or Host A Blood Drive - Encourage employees to participate in community blood drives and/or host a blood drive on-site for both staff and customers. As a blood drive sponsor, you can help meet the blood needs of patients in your community and across the United States. Find a local blood drive on the Red Cross website.
- Implement a Customer Donation Program - Give your customers the opportunity to support Disaster Relief by simply adding a dollar amount to their total purchase.
- Sponsor an Employee Giving and Matching Gift Program - Engage employees by sponsoring a fundraising campaign in support of Disaster Relief and provide an incentive to participate by matching employee donations.
- Conduct a Percentage of Sales Program - Showcase your commitment to the Red Cross and the people we serve while generating sales for your company by donating a percentage of your sales to Disaster Relief.
- Donate Ad Space - Donate a portion of your advertising inventory and help share our stories about the individuals, families and communities affected by disaster.
- Place a Red Cross Banner Ad on Your Website - Place a Red Cross banner ad on your company website to reinforce your support of the Red Cross and encourage donations through our Donate Now webpage.
The Detroit Elks Lodge 34 in St. Clair Shores has been in contact with Elks Lodge 74 in Hoboken, New Jersey, to find out how they could help in the wake of Sandy.
Ron Woodhouse, of the Detroit Elks, said the New Jersey Elks has been serving meals to people in the community.
In an email sent to Patch, Woodhouse quoted Jason Maurer, "Feel free to send money to the lodge and we will put it to good use. Today we served somewhere between 800 and 1000 meals to the cops, fireman, city workers, volunteers the national guard (sic), two shelters in town and anyone from the community who was hungry. I have to tell you we are exhausted." Maurer is the chief officer at that Lodge
Residents interested in donating can send contributions to Elks 74, 1005 Washington St. Hoboken, N.J. 07030.
Do you know of any local drives or fundraisers for victims of Superstorm Sandy? Tell us in the comments below!