As you know, Hurricane Sandy has devastated the metropolitan area, especially shoreline areas in Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the New Jersey shore.

Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City

Office of Emergency Management

AllMedia New York page on blood donations, volunteering, and donations

NYC Service


New York State

Red Cross

Catholic Charities


Help the Children

SILive has many suggestions has suggestions

Brooklyn Recovery Fund

Staten Island Recovers

Rockaway Help

NYC, LI mobile fuel stations

Places that still need your help

Brooklyn Public Library and Hurricane Relief

Long Beach:
How You Can Help to Volunteer, please call 516-301-0932.

Donations can be sent to:

City of Long Beach Relief
1 West Chester Street
Long Beach, NY 11561

Most needed items:

  • Already prepared food (including food for children)
  • Blankets
  • Baby products (diapers, wipes, etc.)
  • Batteries, flashlights, candles, power strips
  • Toiletries (including toilet paper and paper towels)
  • Utensils such as spoons and bowls
  • Jugs of water
  • Ensure bottles
  • Vitamins
  • Generators
  • Sanitary pads, tampons
  • Toothpaste
  • Cat and dog food
  • Food: cereal, bread, canned goods (it can never hurt to donate a can opener, as well), chips, pasta
  • UnderwearIf you can volunteer in Coney Island to distribute food, water, and supplies, go to 2770 W. 5th, Room 4C. That is volunteer and donation central for Domenic Recchia’s team.If you can donate food, water, and supplies, please bring them to 2770 W. 5th, Room 4C. They are in especially high need of water and food.Please direct all communications to To stay updated on volunteer opportunities in this area, along with vital information regarding food and water distribution, visit his website:
  • Anyone know any local efforts or other organizations? Simply note them in Comments.Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department donations


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20 Responses to SANDY

  1. STEVE says:

    Where is the ‘STOP THE MARATHON’ site so one can send rocks to soon-to-be-ex mayor Bloomburg?

    • Tal Barzilai says:

      That just got canceled, so they won’t be hosting it all this year, though I still think it should have just been postponed at least a week.

  2. Jack Shea says:

    How about the ASPCA?

  3. justin says:

    Red Hook Initiative is spearheading assistance in that neighborhood. Donate at their website ( or just show up to help at 767 Hicks St.

  4. Bob K says:

    Thanks! Bless you!

  5. Stefan Griswold says:

    Nearly 35,000 buildings in the city have been damaged and require assessment. AIA New York and its Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (“DfRR”) are looking for registered architects and professional engineers interested in helping out.

    There are two ways you can become involved:

    (1) If you are already trained or certified for such damage assessment by an approved agency, please send us your name, address, AIA member number, and date of certification, or;

    (2) If, in order to help, you wish to receive damage assessment training through the New York City Department of Buildings (“NYC DOB”), please send us your name, address, and AIA member number.

    Send responses to In your emails, indicate which way (1 or 2) you are interested in becoming involved.

  6. Renee Neumann says:

    Thanks, Kevin, for your touching photo and very appropriate posting for this week. I hope that you and yours are OK. As a former Staten Islander who visited relatives in Broad Channel and Rockaway, went to school in South Beach, used to work in Bayonne, and also used to take the S.I. Ferry and Whitehall subway station to work, walked the boardwalk in Midland Beach, shopped in New Dorp, lived at Great Kills Harbor, spent holidays in Asbury Park, and vacationed in Belmar/Pt. Pleasant/Seaside Hts./Beach Haven/Long Beach Island, I could only watch in desperate despair as so many places that were part of my life up to age 27 were destroyed. To all your readers: Please, make a donation NOW to the Red Cross or any other of the organizations Kevin has listed. Thank you.

    • Alex says:

      The Red Cross was completely useless in dealing with Hurricane Sandy. Ask anyone who was there, or read the countless posts and articles evidencing this online. I’m not focusing on statistical evidence – I’m talking about personal testimony. I’m not sure if the money was hoarded or stolen, but it definitely did not “serve a good cause” as was intended by those who gave.

      Check out this article:

  7. jack norman says:

    i grew up in Rockaway and I thought I after 9-11 I had lived thru enough to last a life time,then we had that 2nd plane crash(that jet engine landed around the block from my folks house)then I see all this and BreezeyPoint getting near wiped out….in a small way Im glad I live in Wyoming and dont have to see this great city blasted and burned and near washed away….but have faith that NYC will come back even better and the locals will just pick themselfs up and get on with business and maybe elect a mayor like Ed Koch or RUDY….and get the current A-hole out.

  8. Axe says:

    Donate can openers. Serious! You have no idea how frustrating it is to get a case of food and have no way to open the cans.

    Ordinary, everyday things.

    Mops and brooms are made of gold in Rockaway these days.

  9. Nirmal Singh says:

    The Sikh Cultural Society
    95-30, 118th Street,
    Richmond Hill, New York 11419
    Tel: (718) 846-9144

    Gurdwara Makhan Shah Lubana
    113-10 101st Ave,
    Richmond Hill, NY

    The Sikh Centre of New York ,
    38-17 Parsons Blvd.,
    Flushing, New York 11355
    Tel: (718) 959-9520

    Singh Sabha of New York
    43-69 Browne Street
    Flushing, NY 11355
    Tel: (718) 461-2612

    222-27, 95th Ave
    Queens Village, NY 11429

    Shri Guru Ravi Das Temple
    Broadway. Jackson Height , NY

    Gurdwara 113 sT
    91 AVE / 93AVE , Richmond Hill, NY

    Gurdwara 109 Ave
    s. Richmond Hlll, Ny
    New Gurdwara 2006-2007

    these are local Sikh gurdwaras, or Sikh temples that may be able to offer some help. Anyone of any religion (even if athiests.) is welcome as long as they respect the people and place. they must keep their heads covered, their shoes off inside, and must keep as quiet as possible. they may sit quietly and have a moment of silence to themself, then may ask for directions to the langar hall. this is a hall where food is served free of charge, as community service. they may even request to participate in community service if they so wish. they will not be asked to convert or change their beliefs or anything. however, they may ask one of the Gianis (temple leaders) if they know of any other programs that might help, or of any people who may be able to help them. This will be helpful if they are in need of immediate food and are having trouble finding asstance anywhere else. Fellow sikhs would be happy to help them. please understand that this is also not an attempt to sell sikhi or convert people. i am sikh, and i am simply suggesting this as an option in the way one would suggest a charity.

    also, try

  10. Beverly Seaton says:

    Salvation Army.

  11. Ken B says:

    Kevin, thank you for this posting. It will reach many “expat” and many “distance” New Yorkers who might be moved to offer assistance to those of us who are “living the moment” right here.

  12. Heartland says:

    This is from The NY Post & you should read it carefully. No one could prevent a hurricane but apparently, there’s no one from the president on own capable of providing effective leadership & it isn’t comforting.

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  14. Ellen says:

    For Staten Islanders: I volunteered at this grassroots organization right in the heart of the community – they were doing the right thing in the right place! Ariana’s Grand is collecting donations at an unfinished restaurant at 192 Ebbitts Street, New Dorp. This site has been made a designated drop-off point for food, cleaning supplies (bleach!) surgical masks, work gloves, rubber gloves, mops, brooms, buckets, toiletries & feminine care products. They were also serving hot meals! For more information, call 718-608-9109.
    To directly benefit Staten Islanders in need – The Siller Foundation, at Once on the website, click on Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, then check the box for “Staten Island” to ensure the donation is received in the borough. (If mailing a check, put “Staten Island” in the memo field.)

  15. Carlos Castro says:

    Since hurricane Sandy hit NYC I’ve seen pictures and videos of the heavy damage the storm cause in Staten Island, Lower Manhattan and especially in Breezy Point, Queens. But I haven’t seen or read anything that happened in Coney Island where I used to live. I move out of the NY area many years ago and I would be glad if someone give me a link to any website that tells anything that happened there. Did the boardwalk was destroyed? Did the Cyclone survived? I’ll be thankful for anybody giving me information.

  16. Mark O. says:

    It may be too late now, but good to know for the next time NY/NJ gets hit with another storm. Get a few dozen ice packs; the kind with refrigerant gel and put them in the freezer before a storm approaches. Also turn up the controls for the refrigerator and freezer to the max. When you lose power, put all the ice packs which should be frozen in the refrigerator. This should preserve your perishables for 3 days. Eat your perishables while they are still good. there’s plenty of time for the canned and packaged non-perishables once your perishables are either eaten or spoiled.

    I was born and raised in New York City. I’ve been in South Florida for 32 years. I’ve been through Andrew in 1992. Lucky for me I didn’t get the eye. I got Category 3 from Andrew. I lost power for 11 hours. No food spoilage. I lost power during Katrina and Wilma. I had food spoilage but the stuff in the refrigerator lasted 3 days with no power both times.

    Ice packs are much better than ice. When they melt, no watery mess.

    Best of luck to all in the affected areas. I read all the articles online and saw all the graphics and videos. Staten Island and the Jersey Shore look just like New Orleans did during Katrina. My heart goes out to you guys.

  17. DAVID says:

    yes, this may be a bit crass on my part, but I sure would like to know how much the Red Cross has collected since this happened. CLosing in on $100Million?? Plus the Federal Government already has put $250million into the area as well. And do not forget, one must assume that any of the houses damaged or destroyed hopefully where insured and the policy owners hopefully are getting money from the insurance companies to cover the policy owners short term expenses. Yes, insurance companies can be a pain in situations as this but hopefully they have been assisting their policy holders effected by Sandy.
    Personally, until the Red Cross discloses how much they have collected since this event, I will be giving any contributions to help a homeless person in this area as thats more likely gonna be of help now as maybe, just maybe, between the money pouring into that area, as well as all the other contributions of clothes, foods etc, now more monies will be needed?
    ok, start the damning of me and my post.

  18. Alex says:

    If you want your money to actually make a difference, avoid the Red Cross and other such large hierarchical organizations whose funds virtually vanish the moment they get into their hands. For this disaster (Sandy), their response, presence, assistance were nonexistent.

    Donate to Occupy Sandy – check out all the articles and comments online about how this horizontally-structured assembly of ONLY volunteers ALL donating their time (including organizers who coordinate everything through their personal initiative – no paycheck, nothing, zero), was the one who made it possible for people to survive – in the disaster-striken areas mere hours after the storm, distributing food, clothing, and other necessities, and later (and still) helping with clean-up, counseling, legal advice.

    This is the site for donation, but read the comments!

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