National and local services provided to give or get help

The devastation recently brought on by Hurricane Sandy has left millions of lives turned upside down with many people still in need of food, water and shelter.

If you have been affected by this tragedy, or know of someone in need of assistance, Lehigh Valley residents are encouraged to call 2-1-1, the area’s community resource center, where trained call specialists will connect you with local services or ways to offer help in your community. This service is quick, free and completely confidential. If 2-1-1 is temporarily unavailable on your phone, please dial toll-free 1-855-501-6785. Calls are answered live Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

The American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley is accepting donations to continue helping those affected by Sandy. To donate today, visit redcross.org, call 800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
The Salvation Army is also collecting donations to help those in need. To make a financial donation, visit salvationarmyusa.org, call 800-SAL-ARMY, or text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation. Tangible donations – including non-perishable food, water and basic need items – are also welcome.

United Way U.S.A. announced the creation of the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund. Contributions to the Fund will be used by local United Ways along the Eastern Seaboard to address the near-term and long-term recovery needs of communities most affected by the hurricane. In addition, the Fund will be utilized to bolster United Way’s community impact partners that serve hurricane-affected individuals and families who are already vulnerable – struggling with food insecurity and the ability to meet their most basic needs. Visit UWSandyRecovery.org to donate to the Fund, or text RECOVERY to 52000 to make a $10 donation.

To donate to the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts through your United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, visit www.unitedwayglv.org/DONATE.aspx today.