As Floridians, hurricanes are routine. We are conditioned to it, the pace of preparation every year like clockwork. But as one New Yorker wrote me this morning, "Yes, you guys have hurricanes down there unfortunately. NYC does not, sadly."
So here are some ways people in the area are helping or can help.
Sunday, November 4, St. Petersburg's Ale and the Witch craft beer bar, donated 100 percent of their sales to the Red Cross. They reported raising $6,228.09 in one day, with $870 in donated checks, $1,025 in donation jars and $4,333.09 in sales. All proceeds were donated to the Red Cross Jersey Shore chapter.
Bern's manager of spirits Dean Hurst, also of the Left Coast Bartender's Guild, spoke to Creative Loafing by phone from Brooklyn. He'll be bartending Monday night at the Bedford and donating all tips from his shift.
Former Tampan, Barb Morrison, is volunteering with several organizations. She encouraged people to donate to the Occupy Sandy online registry. It's just like a registry for a wedding or baby, but for victims of the hurricane instead. Items can be purchased online and will be mailed to the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in Clinton Hill. From there, the volunteers at the church will distribute items to victims of the storm. They are asking that any items purchased are sent using the most expedited shipping so they can get them out to those in need.
We'll update this post with more ways to help as we learn more.