November 5, 2012 - Day of Giving for Sandy Victims

Hurricane Sandy smashed into the East Coast of the U.S. last week and impacted millions of people. I know that my daughter—who was one of the lucky, safe ones—could hardly bear to look at all the devastation as she drove through New York and New Jersey, eking out the last little bit of gas in the gas tank until she and her husband reached Pennsylvania, where gasoline and electrical power still exist. (Whew!)

ABC and Disney are designating today as a day of giving to the victims of this super-storm. They urge you to call the American Red Cross at 1-800-HELP-NOW or to donate online at You can also text ABC to 90999 to give a $10 donation to the Red Cross. 

If you live in New York or New Jersey, you may be able to temporarily house people whose homes are uninhabitable (no long livable). With the cold temperatures setting in, it's even more important that the thousands whose homes are damaged or without power get help. Families who need help are urged to go to local disaster sites.

Here are some more links to help you help those who were hit hard by Sandy. 

Learn about hurricanes. 

The super-storm Sandy has a name because meteorologists (weather scientists) name hurricanes as they are born, travel across the ocean, and grow.

What's a hurricane? you may ask. Find out at Weather Wiz Kids

Did you know...?

Scientists give the first hurricane of the year a name that starts with A, the second a name that starts with B, and so on, all through the year. There are six different name lists for Atlantic hurricanes, and they alternate each year. However, if a particular hurricane does a lot of damage, that name is retired forever from hurricane name lists, and it has to be replaced by another name that starts with the same letter. That means that, from now on, no other tropical storm or hurricane will be named Sandy.

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