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How to make donations and volunteer to help Hurricane Sandy victims

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Red Cross

Hundreds of thousands of evacuees have already rushed to emergency shelters with their loved ones, and your support is desperately needed to help us keep as many people safe from the storm as possible. Please make your tax-deductible gift to the American Red Cross right now.

Hurricane Sandy has already wrought extensive damage in vulnerable communities along the coast, including severe flooding, power failures and wind damage. There's no telling what kind of devastation communities will face in the storm's aftermath, which means we must be ready for the worst.

How much help we can provide in the coming days will be determined in part by your generosity right now. As the storm's effects become more widespread, more people will need our help. We've got to be there for every one of them.

With your help, the Red Cross has already:

  • Opened shelters in 7 states, deploying more than 1,000 Red Cross workers to support relief efforts
  • Mobilized nearly 170 Emergency Response Vehicles to move at a moment's notice
  • Secured more than 230,000 shelf-stable meals
  • Readied thousands of supplies such as cots, comfort kits and clean up kits

Please donate today to help the Red Cross respond to those affected by the hurricane.

Archdiocese of Detroit

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit plans to collect money to help aid people affected by the Eastern Coast's severe weather.

The funds will be forwarded to Baltimore-based Catholic Charities USA, an organization representing Catholics in times of domestic disaster.

Those interested in helping may visit, or donate by a check payable to "Archdiocese of Detroit" with "Hurricane Sandy" written in the memo line. Checks should be sent to:

Archdiocese of Detroit
Chancery, 4th Floor
1234 Washington Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48226

The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has set up feeding operations in shelters along the East Coast and has stocked dozens of mobile feeding units, which the organization will deploy to heavily impacted areas once it is safe to do. In addition to providing thousands of meals, the nonprofit is also prepared to provide clean-up kits, hygiene kits, shower units, first-aid supplies and communications support. Donors may contribute $10 by text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, "Yes." Learn more here.

Bowling for Buckets

It is in those times of need that DRAW, Disaster Relief at Work, springs into action. The local group collects buckets of supplies to help hard hit areas across the country. Most recently DRAW traveled to Louisiana to help victims of Hurricane Isaac. On Thursday, October 25th, There will be a Bowling for Buckets Fundraiser at Cherry Hill Lanes in Clarkston. It runs from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. More at

NYC Service
Mayor Bloomberg has activated the hurricane shelter system in New York and will be in need of trained volunteers. Help volunteers at evacuation shelters and after the storm. To learn more, email

World Vision
World Vision, a Christian humanitarian relief organization, is bringing necessary supplies, including food kits, hygiene kits, blankets and tarps, to those in need in New York City. Learn more here.

New York Blood Center
The New York Blood Center is calling for donations to prevent any shortages after the storm hits. The organization is working with local hospitals to make sure it have adequate supply. The center needs at least 2,000 donations a day to maintain the center's blood inventory. Learn more here.

AmeriCares is preparing to deliver relief supplies like medicine, first aid kits, cleaning products and flashlights to susceptible communities along the East Coast. It has reached out to 100 health clinics, food banks and other agencies and also have aid workers ready to help. In Haiti, the organization has already provided 300 family emergency kits and are prepared to deliver water, sanitation treatment, and medical supplies if need be. Learn more here.

Feeding America
As Hurricane Sandy hits the eastern seaboard, the Feeding America network of food banks and agencies is prepared to deliver truckloads of food, water and supplies to communities in need, through its network of more than 200 food banks and the agencies it serves. Its food banks will also set up additional emergency distribution sites as they are needed. It is anticipated that roughly 25-30 food banks will be impacted by this storm. In times of disaster, Feeding America supports immediate and long-term recovery for individuals and families in need of food assistance. Learn more here.


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