Living in Northwest Oregon, we certainly are no strangers to what happens when weather conditions turn ugly.

We’re familiar with snow and ice storms that knock trees and powerlines to the ground, leaving entire communities in gridlock and without electrical power for days.

And it was only last month that we observed the 50th anniversary of the Columbus Day storm, which packed wind gusts of more than 150 mph and caused deaths in Oregon, Washington and California.

Because we know firsthand how difficult it can be to live without basics — food, water, power and shelter — its easy for us to identify with those who are in need of our help, even those living on the far side of the country.

Following the devastation unleashed by Hurricane Sandy along the Eastern Seaboard, especially New Jersey and New York early last week, students headed back to school most afflicted areas while others where heading back to work. But life on the East Coast has hardly returned to normal.

Public transportation was still struggling to overcome the effects of Hurricanes Sandy. Meanwhile, the public still faces significant gas shortages, which only puts more pressure on public transportation.

While children were returning the school, in some cases their schools lacked heat, buses weren’t running, and some of those schools were damaged.

National news media report that thousands of people are homeless, while many others are trying to salvage belongings. Food distribution centers have been established and mobile medical vans are filling prescriptions in neighborhoods where many drugstores are still closed.

The damage caused by Hurricane Sandy is real, as are the struggles of the people living in New York City and elsewhere along the Atlantic seaboard.

The Review encourages its readers to make a donation with the relief efforts to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy. Of course, the American Red Cross is always among the best places to make a donation, but there are other organizations that are working just as diligently to ease the shock of having lived through the worst storm in decades to strike the East Coast.

We strongly encourage donations from organizations, such as churches and service clubs. For those interested in making a donation, please consider the following organizations:

  • American Red Cross: Visit to make a donation, sign up for updates about the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy or find a blood drive to benefit those affected by the hurricane.
  • Catholic Charities USA: To donate to efforts to help people affected by Sandy, call 1-800-919-9338, send a check to Catholic Charities USA, P.O. Box 17066, Baltimore, MD 21297-1066 or visit
  • Salvation Army: Visit, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or contribute $10 via phone bill by text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word “yes.”
  • Wells Fargo: Visit or visit one of its Oregon or Southwest Washington ATMs to donate to American Red Cross efforts through Nov. 13.
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