Hurricane Sandy: Here’s How You Can Help


Want to contribute to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, but don’t know how? Here are five ways to get involved— and you don’t even have to be on the East Coast:

1. Get out your checkbook: The State of New Jersey has set up a Hurricane Relief Fund and is asking for donations here. The UJA-Federation of New York has also just released ten million dollars into a Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund—help top it up here.

2. Give blood: The Red Cross was forced to cancel hundreds of drives last week and blood stores are critically low. Donor centers in New York are working double-time, but you can donate anywhere in the United States and it’ll end up where it’s needed most.

3. De-clutter and donate: Clothing, toys, batteries, food, medicine, and toiletries are desperately needed throughout the tri-state area. If you are in the New York area, find out where specific items are needed via Occupy Sandy and Congregation Beth Elohim and donate thoughtfully.

4. Volunteer: No excuses! You can do it all over New York City, at any time of day. For up-to-date opportunities, check out Repair the WorldWNYC, and New York Cares.

5. Hold a bake sale and send in the proceeds to the organizations above: Because there is nothing more heartening than cute kids and chocolate chip cookies.

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