It’s a common refrain in the aftermath of disasters: We appreciate all the well-meaning people who have dropped off supplies for those caught in the disaster, but we have more stuff than we can distribute.
Again, people in the New York City area who want to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy have contributed so much to the recovery effort in the form of goods that they’ve been asked to stop.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has asked residents that if they want to contribute that money would be greatly appreciated and more help than supplies, according to The New York Times. Bloomberg said funds donated to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City would be used to help those in need.
A volunteer organization called New York Cares said it had 6,000 people signed up on its webpage to help recovery efforts. Church and civic groups have offered manpower, and businesses have also poured money and resources into the recovery effort. Wal-Mart has donated six trailer trucks of food, drinks and cleaning supplies to New York state. Businesses have contributed more than $40 million in cash as well.
What is needed, aside from cash, is blood. There is a constant need for blood at hospitals, and the consistent flow of blood to hospitals was interrupted by the storm. Hospital officials say they are about 6,000 units short.