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Helping During The Sandy Recovery

Updated on November 12, 2014

Some of Sandy's Damage

This damage is minor compared to others but gives you an idea of what met some homeowners.  The refrigerator was knocked down and on its front, couch and love seat moved to another area, mattresses off the bed, and more.
This damage is minor compared to others but gives you an idea of what met some homeowners. The refrigerator was knocked down and on its front, couch and love seat moved to another area, mattresses off the bed, and more. | Source

Whether you call it a superstorm or a hurricane, everyone has heard about "Sandy" and what destruction she has left behind. I got a call from a friend in Ireland asking if we were all okay, he'd seen Sandy and it's destruction on television there. Fellow hubber, IRC7815 challenged those in hubville;

I challenge you to write about some segment of the population affected by Hurricane Sandy and offer the readers some options for how to help.

This is my acceptance of that challenge.

Stainless steel fridge lying on it's back
Stainless steel fridge lying on it's back | Source
Shed the far right is what is left of a paddle boat.
Shed the far right is what is left of a paddle boat.

Whether a storm is called "a perfect storm" or a spawn of the devil, the results are the same, tragedy and destruction. Sandy left both. Those of us fortunate enough to have not lived through this devastation may not be able to understand what's left behind. We've heard the news reports, we've seen the TV specials and yet can we fully comprehend?

Fortunately, no one in my family was hurt by this storm and no lives lost. For this we are most grateful. However, there are those that have been touched by it. The opening photo is from my daughter's beach house in a town outside of Long Beach Island, NJ. Photos to the right are from her sister-in-law, in the same town but a block away. It is amazing how water lifts and drops refrigerators!

My daughter-in-law in Cranford area, NJ has been without electricity since the storm began and my son has been on active duty in Fort Hamilton since last Sunday night. My niece in Howard Beach, NY lost both her and her husband's cars due to flooding and while their basement is completely under water their house remains untouched except for the lack of electricity.

These are the lucky ones! These are the ones that have been touched and slightly damaged but left in a state they can recover from. What about the others? What about the ones whose homes are just gone! You can't rebuild something that is no longer there. These people have no home, no roof over their heads, no food....but more then that, everything they've built all their lives, everything they've accumulated, all their memories, have floated away.

Wind BEFORE the storm struck.
Wind BEFORE the storm struck. | Source

Can we help? Most certainly. As much as we would all like to go to one of these devastated areas personally and hold hands and give hugs, it is not possible for all of us to do that. If you live close enough you can volunteer to help with the cleanup and recovery in one of the parks, particularly in a Bronx, Manhattan or Queens Park. provides information and sign up sheets.

The United Way is looking for volunteers to go door to door in Coney Island both this weekend and Monday and Tuesday. Again, the sign up sheet can be found on the site.

But, we can send hugs via our donations. The Red Cross is looking for donations to continue it's spread across southern New York State and New Jersey. Every dollar helps their effort. states the current need for volunteers has been met but asks that you check back as needs change quickly.

The Food Bank of New York City is looking for donations and has a webpage where you can make cash donations as well.

A coalition of volunteers from Occupy Wall Street has teamed with to bring aid and relief. Located on the web at you will find many ways to help. Donations are accepted. Volunteer work is being coordinated with pick up points for volunteers who need rides, shelter locations and a button for Help in New Jersey are all located on this web page. is another site for volunteers as well as recipients needing to get information about Staten can offer or request assistance directly from this site. Drop off locations for items such as blankets, flashlights, batteries, socks, towels, pet food, yard cleaning equipment and more are also listed on this site. is a similar site for the Red Hook area of Brooklyn. Both of these sites are secure beginning with https: rather than http:

The NYPD in Jamaica Queens is collection non-perishable food, clothing, canned good, trash bags, cleaning products and more. Money cannot be accepted. They are located at 110-100 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica, Queens.

Not to forget our friends, our pets, the Humane Society of the United States is asking for donations. Their FB page states; Please make a donation to our Disaster Relief Fund donating $10 by texting LOVE to 20222 (message & data rates apply).

I'm sure there's no need to tell you this is jut the tip of the iceberg and is a bit slanted toward my own state, New York. The Internet will provide you with many more opportunities to help. It makes me feel good to know that people are rallying and doing so quickly and efficiently to help each other.

More Photos Shared from NJ

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Flood residueOne of the less damaged streets near LBIBoats in strange placesThe beginning of cleanupWhat's left of a kitchen after the storm
Flood residue
Flood residue | Source
One of the less damaged streets near LBI
One of the less damaged streets near LBI | Source
Boats in strange places
Boats in strange places | Source
The beginning of cleanup
The beginning of cleanup | Source
What's left of a kitchen after the storm
What's left of a kitchen after the storm | Source

The National Guard of both New York and New Jersey have done wonderful things and provided assistance in areas we couldn't dream of. As with any disaster all the police departments and fire departments are putting in countless hours to help their neighbors.

This, however, is not the end but the beginning for these people. Now, without homes, they have to figure out how to put their lives together. Let's hope all the volunteers and well wishers stick around for the reconstruction.

Prayer is the most powerful tool of all so for those who cannot donate or volunteer they can certainly pray...for health, for help, and for hope. God Bless.


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    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Shai it is so hard to imagine the devastation....we are very lucky and will deal with things as we have to. Thanks for the good wishes and for reading and voting on my hub.

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      6 years ago

      Oh, this is so great getting this information out there. So many people want to help but live far away or don't know exactly the best & most direct way to do it. I am so glad to hear you & your family are safe... such a tragedy, but then we move onward and upward as usual. Thanks for the great hub... VU & Useful.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thank you Genna...I want to do more but with current family obligations I can't leave the area so this was my attempt to help. Blessings back to you.

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      Genna East 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Your hub has such strength of character, Till. Sandy was my 4th hurricane, and although we were quite lucky, my heart goes out to those whose lives were so terribly wrought asunder. Nature can be so unforgiving and harshly unequivocal. There is so much we can do to help those in need, and I applaud your contributions. Bless you! :-)

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      I think there will be a lot of changes as a result of this storm Tinsky. No one expected the force of the water that this storm brought. They are already talking about building some kind of retaining walls around the entire City of New York. There have been fund raisers locally and on TV so hopefully that will help some.

      It is a small world Moonlake. I can't believe you were at Fort Hamilton, of all places, when you were a teen! We were just down there to see it a few weeks ago when we went to visit the Intrepid! Thanks for stopping by.

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      6 years ago from America

      So sorry your family members were affected by this awful storm. We were watching it tonight on TV and it's just unbelievable. Very glad all your family is ok.

      Funny you mentioned your son at Fort Hamilton. Our son was in the hospital because he had his thyroid removed and while we were visiting him we were talking about Fort Hamilton and if it was in the path of the storm. I was at Fort Hamilton as a teen.

      Thanks for all the good information on where we can help. Voted Up and shared.

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      Tina Dubinsky 

      6 years ago from Brisbane, Australia

      When the Brisbane floods hit us in January 2011, many businesses and their employees that weren't effected either did internal fundraising for those less fortunate OR, thoughtful businesses allowed employees to take "paid days off" to volunteer their time to help clean up and rebuild. Council also donated buses to help ferry people too and from effected areas for free to assist with the clean up. (As for Locusts, my cat ate one the night, I'm obviously not feeding her enough.) One thing I noticed on TV is that many houses that were destroyed seem to be very fragile like match boxes. Perhaps with the change of weather due to climate change, building material and building structures may need to be reviewed to withhold gale force winds and flooding?

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thanks Mary. It has been a rude awakening for those living near the beaches and water...something never before experienced and then the snow on top of it all! As Gov. Christie said, what's next? Locusts and plague?

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I am SO sorry for all the damage that was created by Sandy. Who would have ever thought that these states would be so affected? I could understand it if it were my state of Florida.....reminds me of when Irene barreled through and did so much damage.

      I voted this Hub UP, etc. and will certainly share with followers and on my FB page.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Michele, it is just such an unbelievable situation....the only way I could think of to pass along some help. Donations of clothing and such are not difficult to make here but of course can't be made from a distance. Thanks for sharing.

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for the useful links, Mary! Constructive ways to help from the world over and will explore!! Sharing too!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      No need to forgive Maria, no better words to describe them! I know too of the love being shown in New York and New Jersey. The goodness of heart cannot be overcome by the littleness in nature of some.

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Ah man, that is rotten. But, Mary, in my heart...that is the minority, you know? There are so many beautiful acts of goodness and bravery that are just not newsworthy...thank goodness for Hubbing so we still see the altruism. We are better as a country than those punk asses. Please forgive me.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Many of us in this area have been blessed and spared, some lightly touched, and some inundated...we can only try to help and keep them all in our prayers. Having your nursing students help in some way would be incredible!

      The saddest thing I've heard (and this is first-hand knowledge from a reliable source) is that there is rampant looting on Staten Island. They are using jet skis to access the back of wrecked houses to loot. In the midst of all the generosity and comradery this is such a blemish!

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Mary,

      I have read Linda, Bill, Sha and now your hub and felt like what the heck else could I say?

      We feel blessed to have only lost power and some small clean up compared to neighbors who only got electricity back Saturday and still that is certainly not the worst. Our efforts have been local and neighborly.

      Now reading yours and with our crisis over, I think of my 16 new Community students...I meet with them tomorrow as we were cancelled last week and the week before they were all anxious about what to do a service learning project on...Well, charity begins at home and the outreach of these nurses could be remarkable, I have had students do amazing projects before with the homeless, abused women, childhood obesity, oh the topics are as endless as their imagination...

      So thank you for the nugget of wisdom and in time I will thank you publicly on my own follow up hub. Love you and voted all kinds of UP!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      I can imagine Healthylife...have been without power but by the Grace of God have never suffered what so many are suffering now. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Healthy Life 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      So glad you gave others a way to help. Our power was finally restored last night but we feel fortunate our house was not damaged. I never thought I would see the day when I would be happy to be able to do dishes and laundry. Voted up!

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Yes Deborah, I consider us all very many have suffered so much more. Thanks for reading and sharing.

      Sinea, if we can all take a little action we can feel a little better about helping.

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      Sinea Pies 

      6 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Thank you, Mary, for some great connections where we can help. Every day I pray for those caught in this disaster that help will come quickly and healing take place completely. Now I have ways I can put my prayers into action. Voted up and useful.

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      Deborah Neyens 

      6 years ago from Iowa

      I'm sorry your family was affected by the storm, but glad damages was minimal and everyone is OK. Things can be replaced. This is a great idea for a hub and I will be sharing it!

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Carter I am so sorry and so more aware of how we don't know what goes on in the world around us....I had not heard about the devastation in Queensland I am embarrassed to say. It is a horrible bond to share. The forces of nature leave us little choice when they hit with such fury. Thank you for the prayers and votes!

      Eddy I hope my hub does benefit...even if it is just one!

      Oh dear really isn't like that. I think the thing is its easier to fix in Manhattan because everything's right there and there is such a large concentration of people in one place. Yes, there are still people without daughter-in-law and niece still don't have electric. To me the worst is there are now dirtbags using jet skis to quickly get in and out as they loot houses along the water that are open and vulnerable. To me, that is the lowest of the low!

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Nice one Mary, all the help that can be given is great, we saw it on tv over here and I was gobsmacked! the damage was beyond anything I thought could happen like that, and I see today that some parts of the country still don't have electricity, I believe its in Manhattan that the elite are getting all the work done, leaving the 'normal' people to rot! or so it said in my paper, great work, nell

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      6 years ago from Wales

      A great hub for the many who have suffered and I am sure your words will benefit many.


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      6 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      I am so sorry that so many of your family were affected by that freak of a storm and you are so wonderful to put this hub together to gain awareness and support for those that have lost so much... a little over twelve months ago our state of Queensland was devastated by torrential rains, severe flooding and then even further was hit by a tropical cyclone, never before had we seen an inland Sunami and roads into and through the beautiful city of Brisbane cut off...the damage both physically and emotionally was gut wrenching for hundreds of thousands of it is for you and your family and so many...absolutely thinking of and praying for you...VUABI shared and tweeted...

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thank you Faith...the more places we are aware of the more we can do. Yes Michele, I have tried to find links that can be reached by all. Our area is sending trucks down this week so we have the opportunity to drop off items needed and they will be delivered directly. Every little bit helps...and may God Bless you as well.

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      Michele Travis 

      6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      This is a great hub. The best. You have given us links so we can help people. What more can you do? This way others can help others.

      Voted up, and God bless you!

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA


      A couple of more geat ministries:

      Hands of Hope ministry is excellent to help those who are hurting, and their goal is to alleviate human suffering.

      Another great ministry is: CARE (they help to rebuild homes)

      God bless. A am praying without ceasing for all. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      You are most welcome Steph! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Stephanie Marie Severson 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thank you for the info. This is a great hub!

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thanks Bill. Those of us on the outskirts of the destruction can only help by spreading the word.

      Bac2basics, we have been very fortunate here. Funny, I was wondering where you were and if you were okay.

      Irc I am flattered that you think so highly of my hub. As I said, my family is fortunate that they lost so little...many more lost so much more. Thank you for adding my hub to yours and for your generous offer of help. Actually there are local police and fire departments here taking collections of blankets, clothing, and other supplies down to the city and Staten Island so we are able to donate locally, which my daughter also did in NJ.

      You're welcome Effer. Being a dog person of course I thought of the pets and was happy to see the Humane Society stepped up to care for them and help them. I can imagine when flood waters are taking your house its hard to hold on to your pets!

      Faith Repear, thanks for the added information. I have given to samaritanspurse in this past.

      Hawaiinodysseus, glad to hear your brother is okay. I can't even imagine how eerie New York was without lights and traffic! God has reasons for everything, even this....and yes, the people of NY and NJ will get through with their faith and guts....they're a tough bunch. Thank you for the prayers.

      I just want to add that it is people like those here on hubpages that make this world a better place and give hope to those who need it. God bless each and every one of you!!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      6 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Thank you for writing this article, Mary! I will be sharing it with my Hub followers as well as via social media. My brother, Marc, lives in New York City, and I'm so thankful that he and his wife are alright.

      Some call this an act of God. It's clear to me where devastation really comes from. God's angels are holding the floodgates back, actually, and as the end times play out, will eventually have to let go.

      Until then, just as I observed with the people of Hawai'i when Hurricane Iniki stripped the island of Kaua'i a few years back, leaving it looking like the barren moon, the spirited citizens of New York, New Jersey, and elsewhere will rise above the tumult and survive yet another catastrophic ordeal.

      You did your wonderful part by spreading the word and giving the rest of us some wonderful resources to contact.

      Aloha, prayers, and blessings!

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Great hub Mary,

      Billy Graham has sent his Rapid Response Team to the affected areas.

      Another great ministry to contact for help is:

      Voted Way Up

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Thanks so much, Til for the links to the Food Bank and the Humane Society.....two vital charities, that at a time like this, can never receive too much assistance. I did watch some news clips this a.m. about the hundreds of lost and/or injured pets, that have been separated from their families....They looked so sad and frightened, I had tears in my eyes. Poor babies. I can only imagine the joy, when these families realize their babies are OK!! Very wonderful hub, Til....full of love and compassion....UP+++

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      Linda Crist 

      6 years ago from Central Virginia

      Oh Mary, when you commented on my hub I had to idea you had so much family that had been affected. I am so sorry. You, of all people, with all that is on your mind and heart, met my challenge in ways I cannot even express. I doubt that I could have done what you have done here under those circumstances. You have done it beautifully, effectively, and, you have put a personal face on it that I certainly could not do. I applaud you and give you a virtual standing ovation. I pray that others hear your voice and share it around the country. I will certainly share it and am adding it as a link in my original hub. If I can do anything for your family, please, let me know. Prayers for their safety and recovery and, for your peace of mind.

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      6 years ago from Spain

      Hi Tilly. OMG this is terrible, but I am so pleased to see you still publishing, it means you are OK. I was so worried. For some reason I didn´t watch TV last week so didn´t hear or see news of the storm until a few days after it happened, and then it brought back unpleasant memories of the fire here. I am so sorry for everyone who has been affected by this.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bravo, Mary, and thank you for answering Linda's call. I was touched by her hub and I'm touched by yours. The power of these storms is unbelievable, and unless one has experienced it firsthand there is no way to comprehend the force. Great job of blowing the bugle; hopefully many will respond.


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