Hurricane Sandy’s Devastation: How You Can Help

Watching the damage from Hurricane Sandy seems almost incomprehensible.

The Todd and I actually went down to New Orleans to help with the cleanup after Katrina, and I thought that was as bad as it got.  Sandy has left unimaginable damage, and watching people who are cold, hungry, terrified and overwhelmed seems like footage from some Third World tragedy.

But there’s something that every one of us can do, take a look at the following suggestions and see what fits your desire to help:

PHOTO: This aerial photo shows burned-out homes in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough New York after a fire on Oct. 30, 2012, where the tiny beachfront neighborhood told to evacuate before Sandy hit New York burned down as it was inundated by

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Nearly 100 Red Cross blood drives were canceled because of Sandy, so blood supplies are low in the areas affected the most. The Red Cross asks that those who can donate to schedule an appointment to give blood. The New York Blood Center is urging people to donate blood for those in the New York/New Jersey area. To donate, call 800-933-2566 or visit

The Salvation Army has dozens of mobile feeding units and shelters along the East Coast that are working to serve thousands in the most heavily hit areas. Visit to donate.

Feeding America has thousands of pounds of emergency food, water and supplies in the disaster zone that it is working to distribute to the storm’s victims. To donate, visit or call 800-910-5524.

AmeriCares is providing medicine and other supplies to people affected by Hurricane Sandy. To donate, visit

World Vision is distributing flood clean-up kits, personal hygiene items and emergency food kits to people hit by the hurricane. To donate, visit

Save the Children is also working to provide relief to families and their children. Visit to donate.

Samaritan’s Purse is asking for volunteers to help storm victims. To volunteer, visit their website.


Assistance list compiled by ABC News

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