New Jersey Governor Chris Christie comforts a woman overcome by Sandy's devastation

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie comforts a woman overcome by Sandy's devastation (November 2, 2012)

Many of those lucky enough to emerge from Sandy's devastation unscathed are wondering how they can help those struggling to recover. Here are some important links and information:

Friday Nov. 9th: The Hackensack NJ Police PBA will be running a one day non perishable food and clothing drive this Friday November 9th. It will take place in the Johnson Park parking lot at the corner of River Street and Anderson Street in Hackensack. It's located directly across from our Sears store. The drive will run from 9:00am to 9:00pm. Collected items will be distributed to local churches and the Red Cross to assist hurricane victims throughout Bergen County.

For those who want to volunteer:

The city has set up this form for volunteers on the government website.

For those who want to donate:

You can donate to The Mayor's Fund to Advance NYC:

If you are a business owner affected by Hurricane Sandy, or know someone who is, visit the NYC Small Business Services resources page:

Contact NYS Senator Daniel Squadron to help, or with questions about post-Sandy pop up sites and resources.

Red Cross is accepting donations; 1-800-HELPNOW or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The Jamie Whelan Foundation is raising money for the devastated families of Long Beach. Click HERE to help.

For those who want to volunteer their time or donate goods, visit the Aidmatrix website.

Blood drives were canceled over the past week and the Red Cross and New York Blood Center need donations.  To set up an appointment call 800-933-2566 or visit

The Salvation Army is also working in the Tri-State Area to get food, shelter and clothing to those hit hard by the storm.  If you would like to donate, visit

World Vision works to provide flood clean-up kits, personal hygiene goods and emergency food kits to hurricane victims.  If you would like to donate, visit

Save the Children works to aid families and children, to donate visit their website at

Samaritan's Purse is another organization reaching out to victims of the storm.  To donate visit their website

Habitat for Humanity helps those who lose their homes in disasters, and helps in the rebuilding process. if you would like to call Habitat for Humanity you can call the service center line at 800-HABITAT (422-4828).  By pressing "0" you can talk to an operator who will take donation info over the phone.  Or you can access the main website.

Feeding America helps provide food, water and supplies to those in need.  Donations will go to supporting the network of food banks and agencies they work with.  The phone number is: 800-910-5524.

Catholic Charities USA  works with a network of agencies to provide critical services such as food, shelter, financial assistance, counseling and support.  All services are provided regardless of religion, race, creed, or socioeconomic status.  Call 800-919-9338 to see how you can help.

AmeriCares is a nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization which provides immediate response to emergency medical needs.  The phone number is 800-486-4357.

New York Cares is a local city program currently recruiting volunteers and raising money to help during Sandy's aftermath.  New York Cares calls itself the largest volunteer organization in the city and runs volunteers programs for 1,300 nonprofits, city agencies and public schools.  They set up a donation page you can find here.  The phone number is: 212-228-5000.

Direct Relief International works to provide clinics and health centers with vital medicine and supplies.  The have a donation page here.  The phone number is: 805-964-4767.

The Jewish Federations of North America has opened up a hurricane relief fund and are working with federations in affected communities.  Those who wish to can text RELIEF to 51818 to pledge a donation.

A Breezy Point fundraising page has been set up to raise money to rebuild a neighborhood decimated by flooding and fire caused by Sandy.  All money goes to the Breezy Point Co-op.  You can contact the organizer, Breezy Point resident Matthew Petronis at

The United Way has also set up a fundraising page, proceeds from which will be sent to communities declared disaster areas by FEMA.

Tunnel to Towers Foundation is collecting and handing out food, clothing and water. They ask that you be thoughtful with your donations. With the cold weather, sweaters, hoodies, fleeces and the like are needed. They's also looking for cleaning supplies such as garbage bags, tarps, gloves, brooms, bins, etc.

The NYC Parks Dept. is looking for volunteers to clean up the parks. Anyone who wants to help homeowners clean out their homes should check with their neighborhood/county website.

Hoboken Elks Lodge located at 1005 Washington Street (btwn 10th and 11th) has been providing hot meal at the lodge from 10AM to 10PM daily and have distributed trays of hot food throughout the city to shelters, senior citizen complexes, volunteers centers, the National Guard, our courageous municipal works, and countless others. The Elks National Foundation is also planning to provide disaster relief funds for New Jersey.

Island Harvest is looking for volunteer and is accepting food donations.

As with any disaster of these proportions, donors should be careful before sending money.  The FBI warns that some always attempt to take advantage of the good will of those who want to donate.  To avoid these scams, here are some tips.

< a href="">Department of Housing and Human Services is now accepting donations for distribution to Red Cross Evacuation Centers and Warming Centers located in Brookhaven Town, and residents who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. Donations of towels, diapers, cleaning supplies, yard tools, masks, gloves, storm supplies, baby items, toiletries, pet supplies, clean blankets, lightly worn or new clothing, batteries, hand warmers, water, non-perishable foods, board games, crayons, coloring books, toys and more can be dropped in the lobby at Town Hall located at One Independence Hill in Farmingville. Town Hall is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. For more information, call 631-451-6600.


Relief supply* drop-off sites:

(*No more clothing needed, but they are in need of food, flashlights, blankets & other supplies)



Office of Councilman James Vacca

3040 East Tremont Avenue

Room 104



Resorts World Casino

110-00 Rockaway Boulevard




MCU Park (parking lot)

1904 Surf Avenue

Coney Island