Hurricane Sandy: How to Help

This storm was insane, the images are real, and it's time to help out. Here are a few ways to do that.

Donate Blood. Lots of blood drives were canceled because of the storm, so if you're eligible -- especially if you're in an area not affected by Hurricane Sandy -- set up an appointment and go make up for lost platelets!

Text! If you don't pay the bill, ask your parents first, but then you can easily donate $10 to the Red Cross by texting REDCROSS to 90999, or give $10 to the ASPCA (they're rescuing stranded and lost pets) by texting PREVENT to 25383. The charges will appear on your next cell phone bill.

Though a majority of media coverage has focused on the northeast where millions have been affected by Sandy, others were also blasted by the storm abroad. In Haiti, 70% of crops in the southern regions were destroyed, while 18,000 families have been reported homeless as a result of flooding. To help, visitInternational Medical Corps or Operation USA.

More pet talk: The Humane Society of the United States. For those who have pets, you understand that Miffy and Fido are an important part of the family, and unfortunately many animals need help right now. The HSUS is providing animal shelter assistance, so if you have a soft spot for furry creatures, you can donate here.