How You Can Help on LI: Hurricane Sandy

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Help is still needed in NY to help those affected by Sandy.

The Red Cross expects this to be a large, costly relief response across several states, one that continues for weeks, and we need your help now.

Volunteer to Distribute Relief Supplies to Those Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Mon., Nov. 19, Tues., Nov. 20, and Wed., Nov. 21, the Red Cross will be back at fixed distribution sites throughout the five boroughs of New York City and on Long Island handing out food and disaster relief items. Please sign up here.

Door-to-Door with National Guard in the Rockaways

This Tuesday Nov., 20, the New York City Office of Emergency Management is requesting Red Cross volunteers who will work in teams together with the National Guard going door-to-door checking on residents in the most heavily affected neighborhoods of the Rockaways.

The shift is from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Volunteers are asked to report directly to the staging area located in the parking lot of the Key Food at Rockaway Beach Blvd. (between Beach 88th St. and Beach 89th St.). Your point of contact on site will be Lt. Pat Malkin from the National Guard.

Your role on the team will be to support the National Guard and to talk with residents to see how they are doing. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. You should bring a pad and pen to take notes and also any lunch or snacks you will need for the day. Please sign up here.

Volunteer Health Professionals

We are recruiting medically credentialed individuals to support NYC shelters. If you'd like to volunteer, please contact HealthServices@nyredcross.org.

What kind of donations are needed?

Unfortunately we are not able to accept individual donations or collections of items such as clothing, food or cleaning supplies. The cost to sort, package and distribute these types of donations to disaster victims is usually greater than the cost of purchasing the items locally, and it is logistically impossible to distribute a wide variety of individual items in a meaningful and equitable way.

The best way to donate is to make a financial gift. Visit www.redcross.org/charitable-donations, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your gift enables the Red Cross to get prepared and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected.

Those affected by the disaster should consider registering themselves at the Red Cross Safe and Well website to let loved ones know you are safe during this stressful time. Safe and Well is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is accessible in both English and Spanish.

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