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7 Ways to Help Superstorm Sandy Victims

The Red Cross offers ideas for individuals and businesses to help out storm victims.

Wondering how to help those still suffering from the effects of Superstorm Sandy, especially those in New York and New Jersey? 

The New York Red Cross provided the following suggestions for individuals and businesses. 

  1. Donate Blood or Host A Blood Drive: Encourage employees to participate in community blood drives and/or host a blood drive on-site for both staff and customers. As a blood drive sponsor, you can help meet the blood needs of patients in your community and across the United States.
  2. Implement a Customer Donation Program: Give your customers the opportunity to support Disaster Relief by simply adding a dollar amount to their total purchase.
  3. Sponsor an Employee Giving and Matching Gift Program: Engage employees by sponsoring a fundraising campaign in support of Disaster Relief and provide an incentive to participate by matching employee donations.
  4. Conduct a Percentage of Sales Program: Showcase your commitment to the Red Cross and the people we serve while generating sales for your company by donating a percentage
  5. Donate Ad Space: Donate a portion of your advertising inventory and help share our stories.
  6. Place a Red Cross Banner Ad on Your Website: Place a Red Cross banner ad on your company website to reinforce your support of the Red Cross and encourage donations through our Donate Now webpage.
  7. Text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to Make a Donation: Customers of participating wireless carriersto 90999. Donations will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid account. Message and Data rates may apply. Full terms and privacy policy can be found on the Red Cross website

Tell us what you're doing to help out those most impacted the storm.

Jenny Michalak November 02, 2012 at 06:13 PM
St. Pius X on York Road is collecting coats and donations. This is from our Pastoral Life Director Carol Pacione: Parishioners Tom & Meg McNamara are headed to NJ on Saturday morning and will be meeting Fr. Hank. They will distribute coats and blankets to those who suffered loss of homes and belongings because of Hurricane Sandy. If you have coats or blankets and can bring them to the SPX Parish Office by 8:00 on Saturday morning, Tom & Meg will transport them to NJ. This is short notice, but we are known for helping whenever and wherever. In just the first few hours we have already collected quite a bit! Thanks. Carol Pacione
linda November 02, 2012 at 10:58 PM
many of us have been out of work a long long time, we don't have money to give but we have good clothes, warm clean coats, fresh blankets...surely someone must be taking truck loads of stuff to the victims, but i keep asking and calling and all organizations tell me is send us your money. i want to help...but i have no money
linda November 02, 2012 at 11:02 PM
oh i am in the virginia tidewater area
Sean R. Sedam November 02, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Here's way to help that really rocks: http://rockville.patch.com/articles/musicians-rock-for-hurricane-sandy-relief
Janet Metzner November 02, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Announcement on Pikesville Patch: http://patch.com/N-fxck "In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore will be collecting funds to support relief efforts in areas hit hardest by the recent storm. "Money collected locally by THE ASSOCIATED will be distributed to the Jewish Federations of North America’s (JFNA) Hurricane Relief Fund."
John November 03, 2012 at 11:07 PM
7 Ways to Benefit the Red Cross? After then take their "overhead" costs for administration how much will actually reach the victims of Sandy? Not to be cynical, but do people realize that less than 80% of their donation actually gets to the people you're intending to help?
Other Tim November 03, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Not many charities have no overhead. The Red cross collects tens (and maybe hundreds) of millions of dollars, most of which is distributed to the needy. So what if some people get paid? They solicit donations that far more than offset their costs.
NottinghamFamily November 04, 2012 at 12:39 AM
I do have to agree that the Red Cross blood donation centers have rent, supplies to buy, gas to drive to places, food to purchase to feed others, so there has to be overhead. I do realize that there are salaries that are paid, but there are administrative costs for all businesses, charity or not. However, if their overhead involves inappropriate things, that's another story.
Barbara November 04, 2012 at 03:57 AM
According to independent analyzer Charity Navigator, 92.2% of your Red Cross donation funds their various programs; only 4% goes to administrative overhead. That means 92 cents of every dollar you give goes directly to provide services to those in need--an excellent return on your dollar, I'd say. Source: http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=3277
Carol November 04, 2012 at 12:48 PM
If you have a little cash to spare, and I know it is not easy for most of us these days, may I suggest donating through weather.com, which will match donations made to the Red Cross through the web site, or perhaps AARP, which also will match and has a vetted charitable organization. Another thought is Habitat for Humanity. You can google more options, too. In this region we were super lucky. I can donate something, and I did.
Erinn November 04, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Mountain Christian Church and :Looneys were both taking donations to drive up to NJ/NY areas if you're interested.
Deborah Cornett November 04, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Does anyone know who to contact I have a few days I can physically go help?
Colliemom November 04, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Agree, John. I give to the Salvation Army, they are active with Sandy relief. Red Cross salaries are way too high (check out what their exec makes), they get generous financial support from the fed gov (so I already gave via my tax dollars), and in the past they chose to withhold spending money pledge for specific disaster events (I guess just in case it was needed later - but people needed it then). They are the big dog, but I'm not sure my donation will go as directly to people who need it.
Susan Asher November 04, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I have clothes to donate. Where can I take them where they can bw taken to Jersey or NY?
Colliemom November 04, 2012 at 06:01 PM
I think all Americans can and should chip in to help out others. But think before you donate; you want your contribution to reach those who need the help. Looked online, at http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/charities.asp found article that current American Red Cross head Gail McGovern's compensation package per year came to $1,032,022, while the head of the Salvation Army's package came to $126,920. Actual salaries are lower, as this includes value of benefits such as health insurance, paid vacation time, etc. My money's going to the Salvation Army, as usual in these events. Private efforts, churches etc are great routes, as long as you know the goods/donations are actually reaching the people in need.
Sarah November 05, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Dear editor - I turn to the patch for local stories. I appreciate the national ways to donate, but look to the patch for a way to donate locally. An article on the local organizations taking clothing, blankets, non-perishables, etc would be greatly appreciated. Which perry hall churches and community groups are sponsoring drives? Like many, my budget is stretched thin but I have goods that I would like to send to those who's have lost everything. Thank you!
nora November 05, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Were can I mail pillows and blankets need address
Sonia Dasgupta (Editor) November 05, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Thanks for the suggestion. I think local Patches are writing those stories as we receive news tips. If you hear of something local let us know! Thanks!
Caren November 05, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Temple Oheb Shalom in Baltimore is doing a community wide drive today. We are collection everything from clothes to non-perishable foods as well as essentials (diapers, trash bags, batteries...). This is a 2 day drive Monday and Tuesday. Please help in any capacity, trucks leave from the Baltimore Marriott early Wed morning. More info: caren@templeohebshalom.org or 410-358-0105
Katie Remer November 05, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Are there any drop off locations here in the Silver Spring area that are taking supplies up to NY/NJ? I have collected a lot of great donations from my block and am looking for a way to get things up to the affected areas without shipping.
patricia smith November 05, 2012 at 06:07 PM
john - you're right - i never donate to red cross for the very reason you've described - i also have a friend who quit his job with red cross in disgust - there are so many other ways to donate, including churches and synagogues . . .
HarfordLassie November 05, 2012 at 06:18 PM
In times of a major disaster it's easier and gets aid to people quicker to donate money. All these supplies have to be warehoused, sorted, cleaned and distributed and that takes time and manpower. If you are sitting in a flooded house with no heat or food the basic necessities of staying alive need to be met first. I applaud those who are collecting supplies but understand unless you have an organization on the ground that can handle the influx of stuff it's either going to sit somewhere until people can get to it or will only go to one area where it's delivered.
Michele Calderon November 05, 2012 at 06:35 PM
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is collecting coats and winter clothes tonight from 4-8 pm. They are driving a truck up tomorrow morning. If you still have your coats, we could use them! 120 Stemmers Run Rd, Essex, MD.
Michele Calderon November 05, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Come to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints tonight! 4-8 pm. We are packing boxes and loading a truck full of coats, clothes and blankets. We could use your help!
Michele Calderon November 05, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Address of the Church-120 Stemmers Run Rd, Essex, MD.
Michele Calderon November 05, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Tonight! Our Church is collecting winter clothing, blankets, coats. We are loading a truck that will drive out tomorrow. 120 Stemmers Run Rd, Essex, MD. Items can be dropped off from 4-8 pm. Volunteers are needed to pack boxes and load the truck!
pgcoresident November 05, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Heroes for the homeland will be collecting goods at FOP 89: 2905 Old Largo Road Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 (no clothing please) from 11/6-11/12 and driving them up to Toms River NJ to the volunteer fire dept. there. They have specifically asked for sleeping bags as many of their volunteers are working 24 hours a day, and have lost their homes. We are also collecting water, nonperishables, blankets, batteries, flashlights, etc. donations@heroesforthehomeland.org
Linda Raymond November 06, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Im trying the same thing Nora. Cant find an address anywhere.If you hear could you please post it so I can find out? Thanks,Linda

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