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Hurricane Sandy Relief: How You Can Help

Here is how donations from Long Island residents can aid victims in most affected areas.

As residents across Long Island recover from Hurricane Sandy, Patch has gathered some local resources if you want to help in relief efforts.

Donating food and supplies: Island Harvest, 199 Second Street Mineola, (516) 294-8528; Long Island Cares, 10 Davids Drive (Harry Chapin Way) Hauppauge, (631) 582-FOOD. 

Newsday reported that food stations have been set up, in Nassau: Christopher Morely Park, 500 Searingtown Rd, Roslyn; Nickerson Beach Park, 850 Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach; and Cedar Creek Park, 3340 Merrick Road, Seaford: and in Suffolk at the H. Lee Dennison Building, 100 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge; Riverhead City Center, 210 Center Drive, Riverhead; and Mastic Fire House, 1080 Mastic Road, Mastic.

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.

Shortages of blood are also expected to occurr across the region. 

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

To schedule a blood donation here across Long Island, visit the the New York Blood Center website or call 800-933-2566 to see which location are open and accepting donations.

The American Red Cross also has a "Safe and Well" registry that can help spread the word to loved ones to let them know you are safe. Here are instructions from the Red Cross site:

For those with pets or those who have found lost animals, the Suffolk SPCA may be reached at (631) 382-7722, or the Nassau SPCA at (516) 843-7722.

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:

Do you know of any groups in Long Island organizing supplies or donations for Hurricane Sandy victims? Tell us in the comments.

Christina Marie November 12, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Do you know where we can go to get clothing? Everything Ive found is in Nassau County or Mastic, Sayville is so much closer. christina.scliny@gmail.com
Christina Marie November 12, 2012 at 05:21 AM
What sizes? We have been looking for warm clothing for the kids all week. 6-9 months girls- 2T/3T girls and 5/6 boys If any of those sizes please contact me, we are staying in holtsville at the moment. christina.scliny@gmail.com
GM November 12, 2012 at 05:25 AM
I went to to Lindy today. I took Wellwood all the way south and there was an outreach set up in a parking lot (in fron tof some ball fields I believe). They had tons of clothing and "disaster relief" paks, food, toiletries, etc. Pretty well organized.
concered parent in Hauppauge December 31, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Hello! Was wondering if anyone know's where I can drop off/give very gently used, cleaned baby,toddler toys? Also have 2-highchairs 2-exersaucers 1-pack-and-play and some other stuff. Again all is CLEAN!! Please let me know! I greatly appreciate any help/info!
Judy Mottl December 31, 2012 at 06:25 AM
I know that clothing is not a big demand right now in regards to Sandy families given the incredible response in the past few months but check in with Barbara Whitbread at Seafarer in Sayville to see if that relief support can help.. you might also want to reach out to Sayville Food pantry as they often know of families in need of such items during the year.

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