This Looks Painfully Familiar

Sand marks the floodwater line on the side of a house in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy on Oct. 30 in Long Beach, N.Y.

This pic could’ve easily been taken about seven years ago here in New Orleans, but in fact, it was taken yesterday in Long Beach, NY, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

If you’re able to contribute to relief efforts in the Northeast, there are several ways to do so. Remember, though: at this stage in the game, most organizations prefer cash gifts. While donations of canned goods and clothing are great, they’re not so useful during near-term rescue and recovery work. Consider giving to:

  • The American Red Cross, which is operating nearly 200 emergency shelters along the East Coast and has a growing army of relief workers in the area. You can donate online, or you can text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 gift. Or you could do it the old-fashioned way and call 800-RED-CROSS.
  • The ASPCA, which is helping pets, livestock, wildlife, and other animals impacted by the storm. Donate online at

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