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PIX11 Cares: How to help victims of Superstorm Sandy

Posted at 12:49 PM, Dec 18, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-18 12:58:37-05

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Many of those lucky enough to emerge from Sandy’s devastation unscathed are wondering how they can help those struggling to recover. Here are some important links and information:

For those who want to donate:

You can donate to The Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC.

If you are a business owner affected by Hurricane Sandy, or know someone who is, visit the NYC Small Business Services resources page

Contact NYS Senator Daniel Squadron to help, or with questions about post-Sandy pop up sites and resources.

 The Red Cross  is accepting donations; 1-800-HELPNOW or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The Jamie Whelan Foundation is raising money for the devastated families of Long Beach.

For those who want to volunteer their time or donate goods, visit the Aidmatrix website.

The Salvation Army is also working in the Tri-State Area to get food, shelter and clothing to those hit hard by the storm.

World Vision works to provide flood clean-up kits, personal hygiene goods and emergency food kits to hurricane victims.

Save the Children works to aid families and children.

Samaritan’s Purse is another organization reaching out to victims of the storm.

Habitat for Humanity helps those who lose their homes in disasters, and helps in the rebuilding process. if you would like to call Habitat for Humanity you can call the service center line at 800-HABITAT (422-4828); By pressing “0” you can talk to an operator who will take donation info over the phone.

Feeding America helps provide food, water and supplies to those in need.  Donations will go to supporting the network of food banks and agencies they work with.  The phone number is: 800-910-5524.

Catholic Charities USA works with a network of agencies to provide critical services such as food, shelter, financial assistance, counseling and support.  All services are provided regardless of religion, race, creed, or socioeconomic status. Call 800-919-9338 to see how you can help.

AmeriCares is a nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization which provides immediate response to emergency medical needs. The phone number is 800-486-4357.

New York Cares is a local city program currently recruiting volunteers and raising money to help during Sandy’s aftermath. New York Cares calls itself the largest volunteer organization in the city and runs volunteers programs for 1,300 nonprofits, city agencies and public schools.  They set up a donation page. The phone number is: 212-228-5000.

Direct Relief International works to provide clinics and health centers with vital medicine and supplies.  The have a donation page here. The phone number is: 805-964-4767.

The Jewish Federations of North America  has opened up a hurricane relief fund and are working with federations in affected communities. Those who wish to can text RELIEF to 51818 to pledge a donation.

A Breezy Point fundraising page has been set up to raise money to rebuild a neighborhood decimated by flooding and fire caused by Sandy. All money goes to the Breezy Point Co-op.  You can contact the organizer, Breezy Point resident Matthew Petronis at 06petronis@cardinalmail.cua.edu.

The United Way has also set up a fundraising page, proceeds from which will be sent to communities declared disaster areas by FEMA>.

Tunnel to Towers Foundation is collecting and handing out food, clothing and water. They ask that you be thoughtful with your donations. With the cold weather, sweaters, hoodies, fleeces and the like are needed. They’s also looking for cleaning supplies such as garbage bags, tarps, gloves, brooms, bins, etc.

As with any disaster of these proportions, donors should be careful before sending money. The FBI warns that some always attempt to take advantage of the good will of those who want to donate. To avoid these scams, here are some tips.