SANDY RELIEF. Since Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey, many good Samaritans have been donating their time, money and creativity to aid with the recovery process. But there’s still more to be done. From volunteering to shopping to dining out, here are ways you can help in the coming weeks.
Help restaurants in the Red Hook-area of Brooklyn get back on their feet by contributing funds to neighborhood eateries like The Good Fork, Bait & Tackle, Ted & Honey and Governor (who will also donate 10 percent of the earnings to local businesses in need), via Restore Red Hook.
Occupy Sandy is collecting most-needed items, including blankets, flashlights, gallon ziplock bags, brooms, flat shovels, mops, hydrogen peroxide, baby food and formula and toiletries. You can donate such items directly on their Amazon registry.
Donate to the Mayor’s Fund to help fund such supplies as water, food and hygiene amenities, for long-term restoration efforts and areas that require immediate assistance.
Give blood to the NJ Blood drives.
Text 80888 to donate $10 to the Tunnel to Towers foundation and choose to which coastline areas (Staten Island and Long Island) you wish to send funds.
Donate money to help cleanup and restore Staten Island’s 83-acre Snug Harbor cultural center and park.
Shuttle out to the Rockaways to assist with cleanup efforts organized by Occupy Sandy's free recovery shuttle vans, and take a lunch break and serve some tacos (or donate some needed supplies) at Rockaway Taco and Veggie Island on 96th Street.
Run for the viral Race for Relief (#racingforrelief) effort by putting in your miles from anywhere between a 5K to a marathon, register with the organization and donate a minimum of $10. All proceeds will go directly to the American Red Cross.
Bring tools, non-perishable donations and muscles to help cleanup efforts throughout Staten Island with Staten Island Recovers.
Bring non-perishable food items and clean blankets along to the Red Hook Initiative for many residents still without power and water.
Help New York’s UJA-Federation distribute emergency items for seniors in Coney Island beginning at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 8, to 5 p.m. Friday, November 30.
Pack Thanksgiving packages for three hours at the Yorkville Common Pantry in East Harlem on Monday, November 19.
Volunteer on Thanksgiving in Manhattan from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, at St. Marks Church (131 East 10th St., between 2nd and 3rd avenues), and enjoy a free Traditional Thanksgiving Feast for you (the volunteer) and your family.
SHOP AND DINE
Buy an NYC T-shirt for Sandy.
Ride and participate in a scavenger hunt at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, with the Cranksgiving, an annual New York City food drive held since 1999. Bring $15 to $20 for food supplies, which will all be donated to the soup kitchen at St. Mary’s Church, which will feed close to 100 families during the week of Thanksgiving.
Dance at Jalopy Theater’s Bell House Restore Red Hook event at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21, for a square dancing led by Johnny Cash’s daughter, Rosanne, a film screening and more.
Buy tickets to see Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel Kanye West, The Who and many, many others at the 12.12.12 Concert for Sandy Relief taking place at Madison Square Garden—all proceeds will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund.