Online activist groups are using social media to raise money for the victims of Superstorm Sandy.
As Rupert Murdoch pledged $1 million for relief efforts on Twitter last week another lesser known Twitter account was actively helping the victims.
The group have mobilised approximately 2,500 volunteers who have distributed 15,000 meals and 120 carloads of supplies to affected regions.
“My friends and I talked about how we could improve the donation system while we were walking to the store to buy some food for meals,” John Heggestuen, an Occupy Sandy member who started a registry, told AFP.
The group has used Amazon registries for donors to buy relief items and set up community hubs and distribution centers in New York City. The movement has responded so quickly to victims that reports are indicating they are performing better than traditional relief organizations like the Red Cross.
Australian Red Cross aid worker, Tim Stats, has joined an emergency response team in Haiti, assessing the needs of affected communities and assisting with the relief efforts. The Red Cross has helped over 11,000 people in the US across 16 states.
On Monday, ABC America asked viewers to help those devastated by the storm by donating to the American Red Cross with total donations reaching $16.8 million as of today. – Nigel Gladstone