She may have spiraled off to the Midwest, but Hurricane Sandy is still a fresh wound in the tri-state area. Thanks to relief efforts by everyone from Tyson Chicken (the company said it would match donations made to the Red Cross) to Welch’s (a truck filled with peanut butter, jam, bread and grape juice was dispatched to New Jersey), the rebuilding process is slowly getting off the ground. Here are some ways you can help with the post-Hurricane Sandy relief effort, whether you live in/near an affected region, or would simply like to make a donation from across the country.
1. Reach out. If you have friends/family who have been affected by the storm, do the simplest thing: call/e-mail/Facebook/text, and ask them if they’d like to stay with you. Offer to bring supplies, check on their pets if they’re at a shelter, or help them let their loved ones know they’re safe.
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Volunteers sort donations at St. Jacobi’s Church in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, the headquarters of the Occupy Sandy relief effort.
2. Staten Island continues to struggle in the aftermath Sandy; the storm surge seeped into homes, washed away cars and destroyed municipal buildings. Staten Island Recovers allows users to post whether they need help, are available to volunteer, or have supplies they’d like to donate.
3. Occupy Sandy has galvanized a small army of volunteers to drive from their HQ in Sunset Park to hard-hit parts of Brooklyn, especially the Rockaways and Coney Island.
4. The Mayor’s office, via NYC Service, is asking volunteers to assist a number of organizations in the city, including the Parks Department, the NYC Coalition Against Hunger, Congregation Beth Elohim and the Red Hook Initiative.
5. NYC.gov lists all shelters currently in operation, and the supplies each location needs.
6. You can call 211 to offer or request services. The Red Cross website has a map of all open shelters and their needs. Organizations like the United Way and the Salvation Army are jointly circulating a county-specific list of needed supplies and services.
Red Cross workers organizing their relief strategies at a meeting in Albany.
11. The Humane Society is leading pet search and rescue efforts and are in need of donations.
12. To send a $10 donation to the Salvation Army via text message, you can text the word STORM to 80888, and confirm the donation with the word, “Yes.” They are also accepting used clothing and furniture donations to local Salvation Army locations.
13. To donate $10 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief, text the word REDCROSS to 90999 or you can call 800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).