Help where you can

By: Cole Buergi, Vice President Business Development, Leonard & Finco Public Relations, Inc.
Hurricane Sandy’s path of devastation has left millions without power, destroyed homes and businesses, and left tens of thousands of people struggling to pick up the pieces and rebuild. Watching the devastation take place in real time and then seeing the aftermath of the storm compels me to help those who have lost everything.
There are plenty of ways to show your support and provide help. Of course, there are also plenty of scams now cropping up that try to take advantage of the situation. Below are two reputable, well known organizations collecting donations and providing direct support for those in need.
There are plenty of other websites that are accepting donations and many of them do great work. However, if you are going to donate to them, be sure to do a background check to make sure they have a positive track record. It’s unfortunate to have to caution people when all they want to do is provide their support but, unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous individuals that will prey on people’s charitable generosity for their own gain.
If you are aware of any other reputable organizations seeking support, please feel free to post them on this blog. 
Thank you.