Meredith James

With several news outlets calling Hurricane Sandy the “Perfect Storm,” it’s natural to want to help. Photographs of flooded subways and blacked-out skylines have overtaken Twitter feeds, Facebook timelines, and televisions, and even in far-away San Francisco, amidst World Series celebrations, front pages display the destruction. Providing aid through monetary donations is increasingly easy; the Red Cross set up a text-to-donate number and Apple enabled users to donate via iTunes.

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