Where to Donate to Harvey Victims (and How to Avoid Scams)

Christina Caron, The New York Times
August 28, 2017

A large and complicated rescue operation is underway in Houston as floodwaters continue to rise, fed by unrelenting rain.

So far, there’s no end in sight.

Tropical Storm Harvey is expected to produce 7 to 13 more inches of rain through Friday over the upper Texas coast, where some areas — including the Houston metropolitan area — may see accumulations of up to 50 inches.

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A temporary shelter set up at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston. Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times

Here are options to help.

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Rihanna Shines Her Light on Sandy Victims

On Friday, November 9th multi-platinum pop super star Rihanna sent a message to fans encouraging them to bring supplies her “Unapologetic” album release party at the 40/40 Club.  The goods were then loaded onto a trunk as part of the Daily News Sandy Relief Drive that were delivered to city neighborhoods hard hit by Hurricane Sandy.  The truck’s contents also included 1,000 sleeping bags provided by RiRi and 3,000 blankets from Modell’s Sporting Goods.  Check out pics from the listening party and delivery to Beach 41st Sn Rockaway Beach below.

Now is the time for us to come together and do whatever we can to aid those in need. – Rihanna

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GMHC Cancels Fashion Forward Event

Agency Focuses on Direct Services to Clients Affected by Hurricane Sandy

As a result of Hurricane Sandy, many New Yorkers living with or affected by HIV/AIDS have been hit hard. GMHC’s clients are among the poorest and most vulnerable New Yorkers, and the outcome of the hurricane continues to have disproportionate impact on them. Given the ongoing immediate challenges faced by its clients, GMHC has decided to cancel its annual fundraiser, Fashion Forward, and focus on its core mission, providing direct support to people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Fashion Forward 2012 is cancelled.

via GMHC

Many of their clients continue to be without housing, food, electricity, clothing and HIV medications—and need basic humanitarian support. In fact, on Monday, October 29, several clients braved the weather, and walked from the Bronx and Brooklyn to their offices on West 33rd Street for a hot meal. This may have been the only meal of the day. Well over 400 meals were served in the heart of the crisis, even when subways had not even resumed, with clients walking long distances to receive food and assistance. Read The Rest

NBC Sandy Relief Concert Raises $23m for American Red Cross (PICS)

The stars were out in full force on Friday, November 2nd, 2012 to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.  The event, Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together, produced by NBC and hosted by its own Matt Lauer raised more than $23 million dollars in the hour-long benefit.  Performances featured artists from some of the hard-hit areas Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi of New Jersey and Billy Joel of Long Island.  Others who took part in the special included Sting, Christina Aguilera, Stephen Tyler, Mary J. Blige, Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Stewart.

Mary J. Blige at NBC's Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together (REUTERS-Heidi Gutman-NBC-Handout)

Mary J. Blige at NBC’s Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together (REUTERS-Heidi Gutman-NBC-Handout)

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Were NYers with Power in the Dark about Sandy’s Impact?

Or, maybe I should just speak for myself…  It’s been almost a week since Hurricane Sandy hit and no one could have imagined the damaging effects that it had.  We’ve had hurricanes before – the cable might flicker or go out, a few trees go down, but Sandy?… This is something that we haven’t encountered…  Perhaps that’s why I initially didn’t think it was as bad as it was.  Or, perhaps it’s because I was employing my limited Manhattan lens.  Uptown, there was relatively no effect. Yeah, there were some downed trees and losses of power and transportation, but for the most part, things came back relatively quickly. Read The Rest

NYC Torn Over Whether the Marathon Show Should Go On

New York City is torn over whether or not the Marathon should still go on.  Hundreds of thousands of people are without power, homes are flooded, transportation has been a nightmare for many and more than 40 people have died.  Not to mention, general mounting frustration.  But, the show must go on!  Or, should it?  Is it insensitive to still run the race with all of the devastation? Read The Rest