Whatever our differences, in times of crisis we instinctively reach out to help one another. Sandy has caused devastation and my heart goes out to everyone who has been and remains affected. To those who have lost loved ones, their homes, or been displaced, know that people across America – across the world – hold you in their thoughts.

On Thursday, Amanda Chambers from Living, Learning, and Loving Life visited the blog to share news of her upcoming Hurricane Relief Review-A-Thon to raise money for the Red Cross. My donation for Read, Write, Give was also made to this charity, doing such incredible work under such intense circumstances.

Now Susan Salluce is calling on authors to donate some of their sales in order to help those affected by Sandy:

This is why I’m asking a collective of us to take on a challenge: as authors, I would like us to consider donating a portion of our sales for a minimum of a month to a charity of your choice to help Hurricane Sandy survivors. How much you give is entirely up to you. You may just be starting out, and that feels too scary or risky. Then, just make a dollar amount donation. If, however, you’ve been strong on the charts, take a risk: be generous, just for the sake of helping someone. I hope that this becomes contagious, and encourages two authors to tell two authors, and so on, and so on, like that hair commercial in the ’70s.

Please help spread the word for Amanda and Susan if you can. These are great ideas that help show the many many people affected how much they are in our thoughts.

Donate to the Red Cross

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