Superstorm Sandy Relief: How You Can Help

Here is how your donations can aid victims in areas hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy

Patch has gathered some resources if you want to help with relief efforts in areas hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy.

New Jersey

Volunteers in New Jersey are being coordinated through an emergency response hotline, 1-800-JERSEY-7 (1-800-537-7397). Alternate numbers, for when the hotline isn’t staffed, include 609-775-5236 and 908-303-0471 or emails can be sent to Rowena.Madden@sos.state.nj.us.

New York

The New York City agency NYC Service is coordinating volunteers for various relief projects in New York City. Go to its Facebook page  or email nycservice@cityhall.nyc.gov with your name and email address.

Red Cross

The American Red Cross is collecting funds and coordinating blood donations. The organization sheltered more than 3,000 people across nine states during the worst of the storm. You can donate $10 by phone by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999.

Sandy has caused the cancellation of about 300 American Red Cross blood drives.

“Patients will still need blood despite the weather,” Dr. Richard Benjamin, chief medical officer of the Red Cross, said in a statement.  

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


The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) takes donations to rescue and shelter animals affected by the storm. Nearly 300 animals are staying with their owners in shelters in the New York City area, the agency said.

The ASPCA is also setting up a distribution center in Syracuse, NY with 4,000 sheltering units, which contain pet food, crates, food bowls, toys and anything else an animal may need.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army: You can donate $10 to the Salvation Army by texting “STORM” to 80888. If you are already volunteer-certified, you can sign up to help out with disaster relief.

AmeriCares: You can donate to AmeriCares’ relief fund to help the organization, which is distributing supplies to 130 clinics in the 13 states affected by Sandy.

To follow news from some of the most affected areas and see how local residents are faring, here are links to Patch sites:

Greenwich Patch (CT)

Hoboken Patch

Ocean City Patch 

Point Pleasant Patch

Do you know of any groups in the Lehigh Valley organizing supplies or donations for Superstorm Sandy victims? Tell us in the comments.

Gabriella Toedter November 02, 2012 at 01:13 PM
I am in the process of starting a collection of goods and supplies, I need some guidance of how to get it to NY/NJ. Is there a local organization making a trip down there?
Nancy Rutman November 02, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Just got this in a Facebook post from @Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: "Dear friends and family from beloved Staten Island. There is a dire need for supplies for this hurricane ravaged community. YouAnew Lifestyle Nutrition on Broad St is a drop location for the planned trip being made TOMORROW to bring needed items. Here is what we are hearing that they need NOW. They need diapers, baby care items, socks, underwear, power bars, canned goods and bottled water, and blankets. YouAnew Lifestyle Nutrition will be collecting these items OR they will come and pick them up (if you are unable to come to them, we'll come to you). The office is located at 2597 Schoenerville Suite #308 Bethlehem PA 18017. If you have any questions or thoughts or can help out in any way, please email info@kristenbentson.com or call 610-868-6800. You can also take items to Clementine Salon by tomorrow morning. Owner Adele Holliday is gathering items there as well. Thank you Bethlehem fans!
Nancy Rutman November 02, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Gabriella, see my post below.


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