Hurricane victims need help

Hurricane Sandy Cartoon CN/Samantha Padilla

By Cristina Galvan

 

The results of Hurricane Sandy were devastating and this would be a good time to lend a helping hand.

Over 100 lives were lost and the damages escalated to the billions as the hurricane ravished through the Mid Atlantic and North East Coast.

Pictures of New York subway stations flooded with water, destroyed homes and a roller coaster drowned in the ocean near New Jersey resembled something out of a movie.

As victims are getting their lives back together, they have to deal with the aftermath of Sandy. Many were left homeless, without food, electricity and other basic necessities.

To ease this hardship a good thing to do would be to help. Right now it might be a hard time to donate especially since the holidays are approaching and we are all trying to save money wherever we can.

However, a small amount makes a big difference. We might also have other things to worry about like essays and midterms.

But these things are small in comparison to what people who are affected by the hurricane are going through.

The money that we spend on a coffee, on a night out or on a clothing item could be donated to help a bigger cause instead.

There are a few ways to help. One way is to donate money to the Red Cross. To donate to the Red Cross, students could visit redcross.org and click on the link that says “donate funds.”

Ten dollars is the minimum amount that students could donate online. If that is a lot, students could always pair up with a friend and each donate $5.

Students can also donate to the Red Cross via text message by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999. Not only were humans affected,  but pets were affected as well.

Many animals were separated from their owners and ended up in shelters.

Students could also help relief efforts by donating to animal organizations such as to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

To donate here, students could visit aspca.org and follow the links. As a school, we could all unite and help out.

For example, clubs on campus could have fundraisers and donate a portion of the proceedings to the relief efforts. We could also spread the word and encourage our friends and families to donate.

Natural disasters are unpredictable, and we never know when we will be faced with such hardships. Living in an earthquake-prone area, we never know if maybe one day we will be the ones that need a helping hand.

Just like we helped those affected when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005 or when earthquakes rattled Haiti and Japan, we should do something to help those affected by Sandy’s path of destruction.

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