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How You Can Help: Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

We've compiled some resources for individuals and businesses who want to help East Coast residents deal with the aftermath and cleanup after the havoc of Sandy.

Local residents who want to contribute to relief and emergency supply efforts by those in the path of Hurricane Sandy can do so through the American Red Cross, and other local organizations.

Mother Nature Network has compiled a list of organizations you can donate to for Hurricane Sandy relief.

If you would like to help take care of the pets who have been displaced or whose owners need assistance, check out this information from the American Kennel Club.

You can find more organizations working to help those in Sandy's path here at ABC News.

If you'd like to donate through the Red Cross:

Financial donations are being accepted online at www.redcross.org and by selecting the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People also can donate dollars by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999. That text will make a donation of $10.

People also can help by sending contributions to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013 or the American Red Cross Serving King and Kitsap Counties, P.O. Box 3097 Seattle, WA 98114-3097.   

With hundreds of blood drives canceled in light of the storm, the Red Cross is also asking those not in Sandy-ravaged areas to donate blood. 

“Patients will still need blood despite the weather,” said Dr. Richard Benjamin, chief medical officer of the Red Cross. “To ensure a sufficient national blood supply is available for those in need, both during and after the storm passes, it is critical that those in unaffected areas make an appointment to donate blood as soon as possible.”

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

Jeanne Gustafson October 31, 2012 at 05:12 PM
I wanted to point folks to some additional information on giving smart for relief efforts. We all worry and want to make sure that the resources we donate are going to help the victims of events such as this. Here are some helpful tips from Charity Navigator, published on the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/31/hurricane-sandy-10-tips-giving-smart_n_2046635.html?ref=topbar
Margaret Standing November 01, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Looking for an easy way to help out the people who were affected by Hurricane Sandy? Go to www.YouGiveGoods.com and start your very own Online Food Drive to support one of the many NJ and NY organizations providing disaster relief. It only takes a couple of minutes to set up a drive and people can donate food to it without driving to the store.

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