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Help the East Coast recover from Sandy

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Hurricane Sandy claimed more than 60 lives, destroyed homes and left millions without power. People in the storm's path are scrambling to pick up the pieces and move on, it is a situation many of us know about all too well and has prompted many of you to want to help.

United Way of South Mississippi Volunteer Director John Hosey said, "One of the things we have to remember, and I think we can all look back at Katrina and realize, that right now they are still in what we would call a response stage and it's very hectic and busy. They will need assistance, but this is more like a marathon than a quick dash to get assistance to them."

Hosey said the best way to immediately help those along the East Coast is not by rushing up there.

"Right now you simply assist them the best by sending a donation to those agencies that are on the ground and offering assistance," Hosey said.

When the time is right, Hosey assured the United Way will plan volunteer trips to New Jersey and New York to give South Mississippians the opportunity to give back.

"Probably sometime in the next six months we will start announcing opportunities to go and make a difference in their communities like they have in ours," Hosey said.

If this is something you would like to do, Hosey advises the best way to prepare is by saving your money.

"Instead of buying a little bit more Christmas, you buy a little less," Hosey said. "You are going to go up there and there will be things to do like rebuild homes. Now we get to go up north and bless them with our culture and our people and help them with their recovery."

The same way many helped us in our time of disaster.

If you would like to donate money you can do so through the Red Cross by texting RED CROSS to 9099 or the Salvation Army by texting storm to 80888.

If you are interested in volunteering click here
http://volunteer.truist.com/uw-sm/volunteer/register/?final_return_url=&screen_name= and register as a United Way volunteer and you will receive updates on all the opportunities.

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