The following is a partial list of national organizations who are taking donations for Hurricane Sandy Relief:
• Americares.org - AmeriCares is a nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization which provides immediate response to emergency medical needs.
• Samaritan’s Purse.org — Samaritan’s Purse is an international relief organization, headed by Franklin Graham, that provides immediate, no-red-tape response to the physical and spiritual needs of individuals in crisis situations—especially in locations where few others are working. Samaritan’s Purse has worked in more than 100 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution.
• Redcross.org — American Red Cross, the nation’s largest private disaster-relief agency is now operating shelters and mobile kitchens, making supply deliveries, and offering other services to the affected areas. Call 800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or donate $10 by text-messaging the word REDCROSS to 90999.
• The Community FoodBank of New Jersey is partnering with the New Jersey Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster, the Red Cross, and Salvation Army to deliver food to displaced families. Online at community.njfoodbank.org or phone (908)355-3663, Ext. 243. Make a $10 donation by text-messaging the word FEEDNJ to 80888.
• Habitat for Humanity’s role in the recovery efforts is to evaluate the impact of Sandy on the thousands of homes that have been lost because of fire, flooding, and wind. Donations will provide resources to assess the current damage and develop plans for affordable housing in those areas. Online at habitat.org or phone: 800-HABITAT (422-4828).
• Salvation Army — Often partnering with the Red Cross in disaster relief, the Salvation Army also provides food and shelter assistance for displaced residents. Its mobile canteens feed first responders as well as survivors. They also hand out cleanup kits, hygiene kits, shower units, first-aid supplies, and communications support. Online at donate. salvationarmyusa.org/disaster or phone: 800-SAL ARMY (725-2769). Donate $10 by text-messaging the word STORM to 80888.
• Save the Children — In response to Sandy, Save the Children is focusing on the needs of children in shelters in New York and New Jersey. Working with other disaster-relief organizations, Save the Children distributes hygiene kits, warm clothing, blankets, baby cribs, and baby food. The organization also sets up “child-friendly” areas in the shelters where kids can play and recover from emotional distress. Online: Save the Children or phone: 800-728-3843. Donate $10 by text-messaging the word HURRICANE to 20222.
• United Way — The United Way of New York City is leading fundraising efforts for local United Way offices in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund will address short-term and long-term recovery needs in these areas, particularly for vulnerable populations – those who were already struggling to meet basic needs before the storm. United Way set up similar funds in the aftermath of hurricane Irene, the Haiti earthquake, and the 9/11 attacks. Online at uwsandyrecovery. org. Donate $10 by text-messaging the word RECOVERY to 52000.