In recognition of the millions still without power due to the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Autumns Eyes Halloween Costume Contest deadline has been extended to November 11th with winners being announced the following day. I shared my own story yesterday detailing the storms damage to a small town in Connecticut, but there was an immense amount of damage done to other areas of the east coast which has left millions of people in misery as they still await power, food, and a place they can call home again.
As you can see in the photo below, New York is just one of the areas that has been hit hard by Sandy, and resulted in eerie blackouts across the city. The last thing on anyones mind in those areas is entering a costume contest right now, but hopefully things get back to normal for everyone sooner than later, and things like this silly little contest can give them all a chance to take their minds off all the recent hardships they endured.
How to Help
Here is an excerpt from the American Red Cross website with details on how you can help support the ongoing relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy:
Donate Now: Superstorm Sandy is a big disaster across multiple states, and the response will cost millions. If you can help, we encourage you to click, text or call to donate to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
Click here to donate now, call 1-800 REDCROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.
The Red Cross is urging immediate blood and platelet donations in areas unaffected by this storm. Sandy has already caused the cancellation of blood drives along the East Coast at a time when the blood supply is already low.
If you may be eligible to donate, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment.