If anyone would like to donate to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, Huge (the digital agency where I work) will be collecting donations for victims in our Brooklyn office today (11/5), tomorrow (11/6) and Wednesday (11/7). We’re accepting items at 45 Main Street in DUMBO, in Suite 204 on the second floor.
Some of the items that are really needed include:
- Non-perishable food
- Water (bottles and gallons)
- Baby wipes, formula, diapers
- Cleaning supplies
- Toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, feminine hygiene items, etc.)
- Flashlights and batteries
- Winter outerwear (coats, gloves, hats, scarves)
Huge employees with cars will be delivering the donations to various relief drop-off points around the city, throughout the three days. You can also check out this Google Map I made for additional Sandy volunteer/donation opportunities, mostly in downtown Manhattan.
For those in New York City who are looking to help victims of Hurricane Sandy, I created a Google Map of volunteer and donation opportunities in the city. They’re mostly in the East Village but anyone can add additional opportunities anywhere in or around NYC.
Back in 2008, “Boston” Bill Hansbury was learning to live with a prosthetic after losing his leg to an infection. That’s when he met Jake Bainter, who was about to have his right leg amputated. The two struck up a friendship, despite a wide gap in their ages — Hansbury was 70, and Bainter was 7.
I love this story a lot. I just donated to Boston Bill’s foundation that helps provide prosthetic legs to people who can’t afford them.
One of the things I’m extremely passionate about is animals (duh), and it breaks my heart that there are so many wonderful ones in shelters who need homes, while people continue to support puppy mills and breeders by purchasing pets from pet stores. There are so many misconceptions about strays, like they have more health problems than purebreds (actually, mixed-breeds are often healthier, because they’re not as inbred) or that they’re all mutts and you won’t be able to get the specific breed you want (not true, there are many purebreds in shelters whose owners were no longer able to care for them, for whatever reason).
And yes, shelters often have more stringent adoption requirements, such as a home visit, but that’s because they want to make sure people don’t adopt animals and then return them, especially since many people buy pets from pet stores (that perform no such safeguards) and then bring them to those very shelters. I’m hoping to adopt a pup as soon as I get a pet-friendly apartment (hopefully, in the next year), but until then, I’m going to post some photos of adorable, adoptable stray animals, for those of you who can find some room in your homes and hearts for an incredible animal that deserves a better life.
So! Here is your first Adoptable Dog of the Day: Owen. He’s a 4-year-old Italian greyhound who is clearly cute as all heck and has awesome taste in sweaters. For information about how to meet and possibly adopt Owen, visit his Petfinder page.