15 November 2012

How To Help: NYC and NJ

[Updated 11/15]

At this point, it's all about volunteers and money.

People are still needed to go to the hardest-hit areas and help climb stairs, clean buildings and parks, sort donated goods, and transport food and other needed items to the people in need.

Cash is still needed to pay for help.  Food donations are still needed, but check your location's needs before you shop or donate.  If you can donate blood, please follow the links below to find your nearest location.  Bonus: you can get away with eating a second piece of pie on Thanksgiving.

New York City

Occupy Sandy was the first volunteer presence in much of the city and continues to coordinate aid to several areas.  Right now, they need blankets, flashlights, aaa batteries, gallon ziplock bags, cleaning hardware, especially brooms, flat shovels, mops, masks and gloves, hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar, baby/toddler food and formula, duct and scotch tape, toiletries (deodorants, tampons, soap, etc), can openers. To view the updated list or sign up to volunteer:
http://interoccupy.net/occupysandy/map/
Occupy Sandy has set up a wedding registry on Amazon, where you can purchase needed items:
http://www.amazon.com/registry/wedding/32TAA123PJR42

The City of New York has a list of ways to help:
http://www.nycservice.org/pages/pages/8

Blood supplies were affected after the cancellation of many blood drives and the closing of blood collection centers in the area, and donations are needed:
http://www.americasblood.org/
http://www.nybc.org/index.jsp

New Jersey

The Community Food Bank of New Jersey is taking donations of cash, non-perishable foods, and diapers.  Check the website for the list of specific items:
http://www.cfbnj.org/blog/news/5367/hurricane-sandy-relief

The United Way of New Jersey is taking cash donations:
http://www.unitedwaynnj.org/gethelp/disasterrelief.php

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