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Wed Oct 31, 2012, 08:38 AM

Ways to give for Hurricane Sandy (hint: not a can of Peas)

Personally I took $$$ from my household budget and sent donations online to Red Cross and Umcor (Methodist group that sent trained volunteers to help the Red Cross). I will likely donate to some local animal shelters as well. I feel fortunate to be able to help.

There is a big need and a mix of secular/religious groups that are helping with the relief effort. If a million people are able to give $10 to the Red Cross it obviously adds up. And does a whole lot more than Romney's cans of peas. Also, blood is needed. I know many folks are strapped for cash but a blood donation is something many can do without donating a penny.

Here is a great article from ABC News with some of the orgs that are involved in the effort:

If you aren't able to personally provide shelter and supplies to those affected by Hurricane Sandy, it doesn't mean you can't help at all. There are many organizations along the East Coast that are providing shelter, food and other supplies to victims of superstorm Sandy.

One way to help is by donating to the Red Cross. All donations will provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by the storm. To donate, visit www.redcross.org, call 800-Red-Cross or text the word "Redcross" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Nearly 100 Red Cross blood drives were canceled because of Sandy, so blood supplies are low in the areas affected the most. The Red Cross asks that those who can donate to schedule an appointment to give blood. The New York Blood Center is urging people to donate blood for those in the New York/New Jersey area. To donate, call 800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org.

much more here: http://abcnews.go.com/US/hurricane-sandy-victims/story?id=17598687#.UJEaIYYieSo

Queens in particular took a big hit (flooding/fires):

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