Nonprofits seek donations for Hurricane Sandy victims; bike news

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The American Red Cross is seeking cash donations to help people suffering from the ravages of Hurricane Sandy.

The nonprofit relief agency already has opened emergency shelters in seven states where it’s making space available for persons displaced by the storms and distributing food and other necessities.

Giving cash donations allows the Red Cross to use the money to purchase whatever it needs immediately. Donations of physical goods — such as blankets and food — wastes valuable time and resources as they must be collected, sorted and redistributed.

American Red Cross donation page. You can also text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Also, learn more about donating blood.

The Salvation Army also is accepting donations. Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.”

Bicycling updates

In bicycling news related to Hurricane Sandy, the Bicycle Retailer reports that Hurricane Sandy prompted the closure of most bike shops and suppliers from North Carolina to southern New England. Many could be reopening on Wednesday if there is power. I’d recommend calling or checking websites ahead of time.

Capital Bikeshare in Washington DC restored its 1,600 bicycles to service late Tuesday afternoon, warning users to avoid standing water, downed trees and powerlines.

Also, the National Park Service reopened the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal towpath, a popular destination for bicyclists. It warns that some sections may remained closed due to fallen trees and flooding, however.


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