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Hurricane Sandy Relief and Rebuilding – Sharing Some Resources

November 20, 2012

SAPP has been receiving many inquiries about how to support Hurricane Sandy relief and rebuilding efforts.

While it’s been several weeks since the storm, many communities along the eastern seaboard remain devastated, with families still struggling through loss of power, heat, destroyed neighborhoods, and ruined properties, etc. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been impacted by the storm and we offer our deepest condolences to families who have lost loved ones.

As needs are changing quickly and storage can be challenging with items received in bulk, we have heard what is most useful are donations of cash and gift cards to help families and their children get back on their feet. Here are few resources to donate directly to the cause online:

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation
The Tunnel to Towers Foundation was set up post 9/11 and has created a special fund to immediately provide necessary items to those affected by the storm.  All donations will benefit those that have been adversely impacted by the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy on the New York City and New Jersey coastlines.
Donate online at https://www.tunneltotowersfoundation.org/
Or send a check payable to the”T2T Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund” to:
Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation
2361 Hylan Blvd.
Staten Island, NY 10306

The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund
New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie has helped to create the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund to fill the financial gap left by insurance companies and FEMA. The purpose of the money raised is to assist hurricane victims beyond the money they receive from insurance and FEMA. Donate online at https://sandynjrelieffund.org/index.html

The American Red Cross
To add much needed support to the devastation caused by Sandy, The Weather Company and its principal owners and investors Bain Capital, Blackstone & NBC Universal are generously matching donations up to $1 million through the following link. Contributions will help to provide food, shelter, emotional support and essential relief supplies to help individuals affected recover. Donate online at http://www.redcross.org/sandy?utm_source=weather_channel&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=hurricanesandy

If you would like to physically help, we are aware of the following Facebook pages where requests for volunteers and specific items are being shared and information is updated daily:

Rebuild Staten Island  –
https://www.facebook.com/RebuildStatenIsland
For anyone interested in volunteering or for information regarding the relief effort on Staten Island, this site will keep you up to date with how you can help Rebuild Staten Island.

Project Rebuild and Recover Assist in Hurricane Sandy Relief
https://www.facebook.com/RebuildRecover
RebuildRecover is a grassroots movement established by a group of Jersey do-gooders driven to relieve Hurricane Sandy victims and coastal towns in need. They are accepting cleaning supplies and non-perishable donations at 47 Shrewsbury Ave. in Red Bank, NJ 07701.

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation
https://www.facebook.com/TunnelToTowersFoundation?fref=ts
Information about homes and neighborhoods in need of manpower, volunteers and supplies to clean up and rebuild is posted on a daily basis.

Sandy Swap
https://www.facebook.com/groups/159522294192904/
Matches those with specific needs affected by Hurricane Sandy in the Staten Island area with those donating items.

Sandy Clause
https://www.facebook.com/sandy.claus.79
This toy drive was started by a group of 9 – 12 year old girls. So many people in their surrounding neighborhoods have become homeless or severely affected by Hurricane Sandy. Their main goal is to make sure that every child whose life has been altered by this devastating event is not forgotten during the holidays.

Please feel free to share additional resources in the comments section below.

With gratitude for your support and caring during these times of need, we wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving,
The SAPP Team

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