It always feels hollow and weird writing about beauty, hair and fashion in the wake of a natural disaster. Maybe people who have been affected really want that escape, that burst of happiness and lighthearted news in the wake of their devastation. Seeing the footage on the news of Hurricane Sandy swept away all the lightheartedness from my spirit.
I spend a fair amount of time back and forth between Chicago and New York, and to see NYC so waterlogged and devastated, is heartbreaking. The scenes from Queens, the Jersey Shore, and the places Sandy hit before coming to the mainland — the DR, Haiti and Jamaica — have been equally devastated. Seeing these images can make you feel helpless. How can you help?
ABC News has a great piece on ways you can help Hurricane Sandy victims. Organizations like the Red Cross don’t need canned goods and blankets — items like that require staff to process them. Right now they need CASH donations. To donate, visit www.redcross.org, call 800-Red-Cross or text the word “Redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Blood drives have been cancelled and victims will need donations, so schedule an appointment to donate blood for those in New York and New Jersey if you can.
There are ways you can help, and ABC News has a list of others. Click there to find a charity you’d like to support.
Everyone who has been affected by Hurricane Sandy — please know we are thinking of you and sending you love, strength and solidarity.