Iwan Baan for New York Magazine. After a week off from work while my office was lacking power, it was both satisfying and difficult to get back to business as usual, especially in the wake of so much destruction, with so many people still in need of help. And now it's been a week since I first posted about how you, my dear readers, can help the victims of Hurricane Sandy by making a donation to the Red Cross, but today, I wanted to share some additional ways to help. The New York Blood Center and New York Cares are both wonderful organizations that can use your help right now, whether its by donating money, giving blood or volunteering. If you're looking to make a direct contribution of supplies, sfgirlbybay brought this easy way to help to my attention yesterday: the Occupy Sandy group came up with the brilliant solution of creating an Amazon gift registry listing exactly what items are still needed to help with the relief effort. You just pick things out of the list to purchase and the supplies will be sent directly to the people who need them most - it couldn't be easier. And if you're looking to put your money to good use by not only helping out, but by supporting artists and designers as well, Colossal has a wonderful list of people who are donating 100% of their proceeds generated from the sale of their prints and shirts to Sandy recovery.
(Photograph by Iwan Baan/New York Magazine)