Hurricane Sandy Victims Still Need Your Help

Red Hook recovers

[ Photo: Red Hook recovers by Lenny Braman ]

As we end our Thanksgiving weekend warm, well-fed, and thankful for our blessings, it’s a good time to reflect on those who are still trying to put their lives back together from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy.  Our city and region are recovering, but it’s going to take a long time and a lot of hard work.  There are lots of ways that you can help, depending on what you’re able to contribute:

  • Give Money.  Worthy organizations big and small are working on the recovery efforts, and money donations are the most efficient way to support them.  Here’s  one good list of groups accepting donations.

    Damaged homes in Staten Island (photo: Lenny Braman)

  • Give Time.  Whether you want to work on the cleanup directly, distribute supplies to those in need, or offer special skills (such as construction, legal, social work, etc.), your help is needed in the Rockaways, Staten Island, Red Hook, and elsewhere. This website run by the group Occupy Sandy offers one quick way to connect with volunteer opportunities.
  • Give Supplies.  If you’d like to donate goods, the best thing is to pick an organization that’s accepting donations, such as the ones listed here, and find out in advance what they need most.
  • Give Blood.  Hurricane Sandy created a blood shortage, and we’ve had to replenish our supply.  New York Blood Center holds blood drives all over the City and has several full-time donation centers.

Happy Thanksgiving and happy holidays,

Your friends at ACT NOW


  1. Carolyn says:

    Thank you for this, Lenny. If I could add item #4 to this it would be to urge the local and state governments to attend to the needs of the poor and working class people affected by this storm rather than putting a priority on corporate needs. I signed a petition at but if that isn’t your style, you can still write to Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo or if you live in NJ, Governor Christie.

    I attended a meeting Sunday of people in Manhattan displaced by the storm from a wide range of neighborhoods from the Rockaways to Atlantic Beach, and while the scenario is constantly changing, many people there have suffered damages that will radiate for years to come.

  2. Alan says:

    Thanks, Lenny. I already gave to Direct Relief, a program in Santa Barbara, CA, that has very low overhead and helps people around the world in various disasters.

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