A Cup of Change for your Mundane Mondays: Spotlight on the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund
By Jessica Juliana Fischer-Smith
How many of our readers are New Yorkers? I don’t just mean the Manhattanites, but those who live on the mainland as well. If you are, you’re probably aware of the tornado sightings in Elmira this past week. Over the past five years, as I have grown up, I have seen a large augmentation in the amount of natural disasters around the world. Some have struck father away, such as the Haitian earthquake a few years back or the tsunamis across the world, but many are in our own backyards. My family relocated to upstate New York this past year and then Hurricane Irene struck. Beautiful horizons were reduced to rubble and tributaries and due to how impoverished the area is the efforts to rebuild have been stagnant at best. There are fewer cell phone towers as the land spreads out and a lack of adequate communication in conjunction with a lack of proper preparation for heavy storms is a recipe for disaster.
These storms are only getting worse. Regardless of your political standing, you can’t deny by now that global climate change exists. We witness it in our weather patterns every day. What happens when trees are uprooted and power lines are torn down as they were last week? Entire towns are destroyed and there are few means of which one can help them. One organization that does help is the Red Cross. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t advise donating to them. While they do benefit local communities, only a small percentage of every donation actually goes to helping their causes. Haiti, for example, has only seen minimal aid from the Red Cross despite the millions of dollars donated after the earthquake. However, when one is attempting to aid locally and they’re dealing with a smaller branch, the Red Cross is an extremely helpful organization. Another helpful one is Habitat for Humanity. If you’re looking to help out those in Elmira whose homes were crushed and flooded last week, donate to the Disaster Relief fund. https://american.redcross.org/site/Donation2?df_id=5425&5425.donation=form1&s_src=RSG00000E001&s_subsrc=gldr11&gclid=CL7CyLfTwbECFYao4AodGx4AWA
You can also search for local religious institutions of an area that was struck to see if they have started their own fundraising campaigns.