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Superstorm Sandy Relief: How You Can Help

Hundreds of homes were destroyed and thousands still remain in the dark nearly a week after the hurricane hit the East Coast. Here's how to help victims in most affected areas.

Superstorm Sandy Relief: How You Can Help

 

Central Connecticut was spared from the worst damage by Superstorm Sandy, but not far away the hurricane has devastated homes and lives and the recovery efforts are just getting started.

Patch has gathered some local resources if you want to help in relief efforts.

Volunteers in New Jersey are being coordinated through an emergency response hotline, 1-800-JERSEY-7  (1-800-537-7397). Alternate numbers, for when the hotline isn’t staffed, include 609-775-5236 and 908-303-0471 or emails can be sent to  Rowena.Madden@sos.state.nj.us.

The New York City agency NYC Service is coordinating volunteers for various relief projects in New York City. Go to its Facebook page  or email nycservice@cityhall.nyc.gov with your name and email address.

The American Red Cross is  collecting funds and coordinating  blood donations. The organization sheltered more than 3,000 people across nine states during the worst of the storm. You can donate $10 by phone by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999.

Sandy has caused the cancellation of about 300 American Red Cross blood drives.

“Patients will still need blood despite the weather,” said Dr. Richard Benjamin, chief medical officer of the Red Cross, in a statement.  

To schedule a blood donation at a center near you or for more information about giving blood or platelets, visit  redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The  American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) takes donations to rescue and shelter animals affected by the storm. Nearly 300 animals are staying with their owners in shelters in the New York City area, the agency said.

The ASPCA is also setting up a distribution center in Syracuse, New York with 4,000 sheltering units, which contain pet food, crates, food bowls, toys, and anything else an animal may need.

The Salvation Army: You can donate $10 to the Salvation Army by texting “STORM” to 80888. If you are already volunteer-certified, you can  sign up to help out with disaster relief.

AmeriCares: You can donate to AmeriCares’ relief fund to help the organization, which is distributing supplies to 130 clinics in the 13 states affected by Sandy.

To follow news from some of the most affected areas and see how local residents are faring, here are links to Patch sites:

Greenwich Patch (CT)

Hoboken Patch

Ocean City Patch 

Point Pleasant Patch

Do you know of any groups in Durham or Middlefield organizing supplies or donations for Superstorm Sandy victims? Tell us in the comments.

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