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Saturday, November 3, 2012

NYC Hurricane Relief

Like most people, I feel really sad and weird about the hurricane and its increasingly worrisome aftereffects. Personally, I am very lucky; I am fine,  my apartment is fine, most of my family and friends are fine. My parents on Long Island lost power for about four days, but they are fine as well. Unfortunately, my cousin's rental house in Sheepshead Bay was destroyed by flooding, which I feel absolutely horrible about, but she and her family are unharmed and living with her mom for now. There are stories worse than that coming out each day. It's just crazy. 

Anyway, I'm doing what I can from where I am. I don't feel like it's enough, but rather than feel completely helpless, I've compiled a bunch of links for the recovery effort in case you live near these areas and can help out. (You might want to check for yourself if the information is still current.)

1) You can donate money here or sign up to volunteer in your area here: NYC.gov
And of course, you can donate money to the Red Cross

2) There is a very useful page on Facebook for Occupy Sandy Relief NYC that is frequently posting information.

3) Bay Ridge Journal has posted a ton of Brooklyn volunteer opportunities. 

4) This page is for the recovery effort in Red Hook.

5) Here is how to volunteer on Staten Island, from Gothamist

6) From Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President (posted on Facebook today):

"From City: We need people out this weekend on our street teams, canvassing neighborhoods door to door and bringing out info, supplies and emergency help as needed in various neighborhoods.

If any of you want to help, or know of groups or individuals who want to help, our nonprofit partners will be at the Distribution Centers in Far Rockaway (all locations except Red Fern), Coney Island, Staten Island and Manhattan (all LES, East Village and Chelsea locations) at 12PM.
Please have folks go and join them to help -- we would certainly appreciate all the help we can get. 

"Below is a list of the distribution sites with street outreach teams in Brooklyn:

Surf Ave Playground West 25th and Surf Ave Coney Island, Brooklyn

Red Hook East and WestRed Hook Coffey Park, 85 Richards Red Hook, Brooklyn"

7) According to Councilman Steve Levin, they are collecting warm blankets from 11am to 6pm at 410 Atlantic Avenue and 122 Java Street in Brooklyn today. 

8) Southern Brooklyn information (including information about schools, etc.) from NY State Senate candidate Andrew Gounardes

9) Here's a Rockaway Rescue Alliance Facebook Page. And here's more information about helping the Rockaways

10) Weekend volunteer opportunities via Brokelyn (LOTS of information here). 

11) To help our neighbors in Hoboken

12) If you are near Forest Hills, Queens, Thank Heaven Children's Boutique is collecting donations today and tomorrow.

13) Information about gas/gas prices in NY. Also, according to Gov. Cuomo, gas IS being delivered to the area. 

14) From Twitter user @MonicaDien: "Race to Recover is donating hotel rooms from marathoners to people who need a place to stay. race2recover.com

15) Where & when to donate blood

16) More South Brooklyn information from Andrew Gounardes (as of 3:10pm, Saturday): 

"Thank you all for your generous donations over the past few days. For now, we DO NOT have the capacity to accept ANY more toys, clothes, food, etc. We'll be delivering the toys to a daycare distribution center in Staten Island this weekend. A Bay Ridge resident is accepting food and toiletries donations at her home at 8622 Ft. Hamilton Parkway.  A group in Sunset Park is accepting food at 5406 4th Avenue and will distribute it to southern Brooklyn, the Rockaways, Red Hook, and Staten Island. Otherwise, please direct your donations to the Salvation Army or your nearest collection center. We'll continue posting those locations as we receive updates."

17) Pet food and supplies are desperately needed in Sea Gate, Brooklyn. Contact the office of Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny if you can help. 

18) NYC Salvation Army distribution centers

19) Where to volunteer in Brooklyn from the Ditmas Patch.

20) New Facebook page with volunteer information: Hurricane Sandy Relief Volunteer Group

21) NYC food trucks are coming through! Here's an easy way to donate a hot meal to someone in need. (Just $7 = one meal.)

22) From the Bay Ridge Home Reporter: 
Text "BROOKLYN" to 25383 to donate $10 to the Brooklyn Recovery Fund or donate online at brooklynrecoveryfund.org.

23) Information about transportation to polling sites in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island

I'll post more as I see them. Feel free to add anything in the comments! (Last updated 7:38pm, Monday November 5th.) 

Also, here's a great article from SLJ about how libraries have been there for people during this difficult week. Brooklyn Public Library was closed for three days and a few of the branches will be closed for a while due to damage, but we're up and running and continuing to provide services for the people of Brooklyn. (The other NYC library systems are doing the same.) I truly hope anyone who reads this is safe and warm and surviving. 

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