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Urban Disasters: The Aftermath

Posted by Mark Shreve on Nov 9, 2012 7:58:06 AM

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So there was a hurricane last week. It worked its way up the eastern seaboard taking zero prisoners and leaving behind lots (and lots and lots) of water. We’re based out of Brooklyn so we weathered it alongside our fellow New Yorkers. We were lucky - no power outages, loss of heat or hot water, significant damages or flooding. But like I said, we were (very, very) lucky. Not everybody was. It’s going to be a huge job getting this city back on its feet, but it’s times like these when solidarity and camaraderie show through the most. We wanted to reflect on some of the philanthropic and humanitarian activities that are currently under way and let you know how to help.

Capital One bank, aside from a New York institution and employing another New York institution to do their commercials (Baldwin even donates all of his earnings from those commercials to charity) are doing their part for their city. They’ve pledged $1,000,000 in Sandy-related relief. $200,000 in straight emergency relief, as well as $600,000 in ongoing long-term relief and assistance. The remaining $200,000 is to match donations that they’re taking through the Capital One No Hassle Giving Site. New Yorkers helping New Yorkers.

They’re not the only ones. Support has poured in from everywhere. The GM foundation, in addition to giving $250,000 to the Red Cross Disaster Responder Program, handed over 50 full-sized Chevy Silverado pickup trucks and Express cargo vans to the Red Cross to assist in relief and recovery efforts. The CVS/pharmacy and the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust donated $100,000 in support of affected communities, as well as approximately $50,000 in bottled water and essential snacks. The Volkswagon Group of America donated $500,000 to the Red Cross. That’s Das Auto.

And that’s seriously only naming a few. There’s also been a monumental effort from the MTA to keep New York up and running (we’re off the L train which was the last straggler to get back up and running...as of yesterday no more cabin fever!). Less documented are the efforts being undertaken by citizens helping each other out. People all over the city (and rest of the affected areas) are doing what they can to help out people who got hit hard, in small ways that can go further than you’d think. This is one of my favorites (also pictured above). It’s inspiring, and exactly what we need to get through the aftermath.

If you know anybody who needs help, let them know how to contact us. We'd be happy to do what we can.

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