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Ways You Can Help Hurricane Sandy Victims, From Volunteering to Donating

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SandyDestructionQueens640.jpgIf you weren't affected by Hurricane Sandy last night, it's more than likely that you have friends, loved ones and co-workers who are without power, water, or who have suffered set backs from serious flooding. 15 people have been killed in New York state as a result of the storm, the Breezy Point section of Queens suffered devastating damage and it's being reported by Reuters that lower Manhattan could be without power for four days. Below, a list of ways to help (should it seem safe for you to venture outdoors). We've also included a few organizations accepting relief support donations as well as ways to help the Humane Society and the ASPCA rescue and care for stranded and injured pets.

Get in touch with the shelters and evacuation centers in your area. Here's a map. These centers may need different things -- extra hands, clothing donations, etc. -- so call ahead to see what they need. 

Brooklyn Based points us to volunteer opportunities at The Red Cross, who needs volunteers over 16, available through Friday, and who can lift up to 50 pounds. They must also be 'comfortable working in stressful situations.' If you can help, email staffing@nyredcross.org.

redcross-sandy.pngThe Red Cross is also in need of blood donations due to cancelled blood drives.


The New York City Public Advocate's Office
is also need of volunteers --  fill out this form which includes times you're available and neighborhoods you can travel to.

The Atlantic has a thorough roundup of ways to help, including making food donations or volunteering your time at The Food Bank for New York and the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

Gothamist also has an extensive list of volunteer opportunities and ways to help. NY Cares is accepting applications for volunteers (even better if you've gone to a NY Cares orientation meeting in the past year) and both The Humane Society of the United States and the American Humane Society are in need of donations to help rescue stranded pets and animals in Sandy-affected shelters.

The ASPCA is accepting donations to help with rescue missions for stranded and injured pets.

You can also find out about various volunteer opportunities via NYC Service over the next week. Email nycservice@cityhall.nyc.gov with your name, email address and borough.

The Salvation Army is taking donations for Sandy relief efforts.

Above: Hurricane Sandy destruction in Breezy Point, Queens. Credit: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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