Sandy Relief

As power and connectivity are returning for some of those affected by Superstorm Sandy, we're seeing requests for donations to aid those who have been affected by the storm. As you plan your editorial calendar for the week, please consider helping share some of these requests with your readers, or review options to make your own donations.

Are you coordinating donation drop-offs for your community? Do you know of a community drive that has a need for disaster relief supplies? If so, please contact us so that we can help spread the word about your needs. We'd also love to hear from local bloggers or other volunteers who would be interested in helping coordinate donations from out-of-state donors for drop-off at your local center.

Financial Donations:

Apple has made it possible for iTunes users to donate to Red Cross relief efforts through their accounts. Donations of $5 - $200 can be made through a prompt when logging into your account.

Communities In Need:

We received a link to a Sandy Relief from one of our members. Please do take a moment to look at opportunities to get involved:

The City of Hoboken, NJ is in need of non-perishable food, bottled water, baby formula, diapers, generators, bedding and blankets, and containers of gasoline. Donations can be delivered to City Hall or to Hoboken High School at 8th and Clinton.

Union Beach Fire Company #1 is desperately seeking baby boy clothes, non-perishable food, bottled water, basic living necessities, baby supplies (formula, food, diapers, etc), over the counter medications, bedding, and undergarments. Donations can be dropped off at the fire house at 1110 Union Ave.

Displaced people sheltered at Central School in Keyport are in need of certain supplies, according to the Keyport Police Department. The Police Department posted on their Facebook that the shelter set up at Central School needs socks, paper products, adult diapers, wipes, sanitizer, tylenol and aspirin. Donations can be left at Central School, located at 335 Broad Street in Keyport.

A donation drop-off center is opening in Middletown, NJ, and seeking water, non-perishable food and snacks, new or gently used clothing, toiletries, personal hygiene items, and blankets. Items can be dropped off at Thompson Park: 805 Newman Springs Road, Middletown, NJ.

Silver Beach Association in the Bronx is looking for donations. Items needed include..Adult clothing, Children clothing, diapers, formula, wipes, toiletries, shoes large garbage bags, w

ork gloves, blankets & baby items and whatever else your willing to donate. Donations can be dropped off at 3161 E Tremont Ave, Bronx, NY.

Brands Making An Impact:

Special recognition goes out to Duracell - the brand is making power available throughout the week to residents of lower Manhattan and Hoboken, NJ. Trucks will be stationed at Battery Place and Little West Street, as well as in front of Hoboken City Hall, from 9 am - 6 pm today to distribute batteries to those in need. The company will also be offering free phone charging stations and use of computer terminals for those without Internet access.

Recognition also goes out to Brightbox, which has been helping New Yorkers stay connected with two free cell charging stations. The first is at 28th and 5th Ave, and the second is at 29th and Broadway.