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    Posted November 25, 2012 by
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    'Superstorm' Sandy: Your stories

    syndicated and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Sandy's damage across the East Coast
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    If  you would like to send or drop off donations of clothing or other  tangible goods to those affected in Staten Island, NY, you may consider  contacting the following local organizations:

    (Click here for additional regional and national resources helping those affected by Hurricane Sandy)

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    Staten  Island, NY -- John Dellorusso looks over his backyard which now  contains the debris from a nearby restaurant. His home, at right, was  severely damaged and his girlfriend refuses to return to the house.

    2900 Amboy Road, Staten Island, NY 10306
    (718) 987-2900
    Collecting blankets, coats, gloves and hats

    St. Joseph By The Sea High School

    5150 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10312
    (718) 984-6500
    Collecting cleaning supplies, rubber gloves and clothing

    Project Hospitality
    25 Central Avenue,Staten Island, NY 10301
    (718) 720-0079, ext. 10.
    Collecting supplies like new underwear, socks, new towels, toiletries, canned food

    Rabs Country Lanes
    1600 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10305
    (718) 979-1600
    Collecting clothing and blankets

    Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation
    2361 Hylan Blvd.
    Staten Island, NY 10306
    Accepting monetary donations for families in need

    The   Red Cross is providing shelter, clothes, supplies, food and blood, as   needed, for the victims of Sandy. You can donate blood, but in terms of   items, you'll be doing more for those in need by donating money  instead  of physical goods.

    Text message: Text  the word REDCROSS to 90999 to  donate $10 to American Red Cross Disaster  Relief. As in the case with  other donations via mobile, the donation  will show up on your wireless  bill, or be deducted from your balance if  you have a prepaid phone. You  need to be 18 or older, or have parental  permission, to donate this way.  (If you change your mind, text the  word STOP to 90999.)

    Phone: 800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767); for Spanish speakers, 800-257-7575; for TDD,  800-220-4095.

    To donate blood: Visit this Red Cross Web page.

    Online: American Red Cross

    The Salvation Army is providing meals and shelter. "At   this point, in-kind donations, such as used  clothing and used   furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane  relief. However, these   items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work  of your local   Salvation Army," the organization said Tuesday in a press release.

    Text message: Text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation. To confirm the donation, respond with the word “Yes.”

    Phone: 800-SAL-ARMY (800-725-2769)

    Online: Salvation Army; here's the organization's New Jersey site, and its Greater New York site.

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    Staten  Island, NY -- Jane Caravello pauses for a moment after wading a couple  hundred yards from her house. "Half of it is down there and the other  half is on Beach Ave."

    Many   pet owners were able to take their pets with them, but for those who   were not, the Humane Society's Animal Rescue Team is assembling staff   and equipment to help rescue pets in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

    Phone: 301-258-8276

    Online: Humane Society of the United States

    The association is helping animals that may need rescue or shelter.

    Text message: Text the word HUMANE to 80888 to donate $10.

    Phone: 866-242-1877.

    Online: The AHA's website for donating is here.

    Habitat, an international organization, helps those in need rebuild their homes after disaster strikes.

    Phone: As of Tuesday morning, Habitat's online donation system was not   available. If you want to make a donation, you can call Habitat's   Partner Service Center at 800-HABITAT (422-4828). Press "0" when   prompted and representatives will take your donation information over   the phone.

    Online: This is Habitat for Humanity's main website.

    This  group  coordinates efforts with the state's Office of Emergency  Management, as  well as with state and local nonprofit organizations.

    Phone: (908) 355- FOOD (3663), ext. 243.

    Online: Community FoodBank of New Jersey

    The   organization will deliver food, water and supplies to communities in   need through its network of food banks and the agencies they serve.

    Phone: 800-910-5524

    Online: This is Feeding America's main website.

    Catholic   Charities provides emergency food, shelter, direct financial   assistance, counseling, and support "regardless of religious, social, or   economic backgrounds."

    Online: More information here; main website here.

    Phone: 800-919-9338

    This group provides emergency medicine and supplies. Donations are accepted on its accepts donations on its website.

    Phone: 800-486-4357.

    This   local NYC program is "the city's largest volunteer organization,   running volunteer programs for 1,300 nonprofits, city agencies and   public schools." It is recruiting volunteers to help with Sandy relief   efforts, and is also raising money.

    Online: New York Cares; donation page here.

    Phone: 212-228-5000

    You   can also approach the city government directly to volunteer, by   emailing nycservice@cityhall.nyc.gov with your name, email address and   borough.

    The organization provides medicine and supplies to partner health centers and clinics.

    Text message: Text the word RELIEF to 27722 to give $10.

    Phone: 805-964-4767.

    Online: Direct Relief International is the main website; go here to donate online.

    The Mayor's   Fund to Advance New York City charity supports "impactful public   programs serving some of the City's greatest needs."

    Online: The Mayor's Fund website is here.

    Describing   itself as "a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working   with children, families" and communities, World Vision provides flood   clean-up kits, hygiene kits, blanket and food kits.

    Text message: Text the word GIVEUSA to 777444 to donate $10.

    Phone: 888-511-6443.

    Online: For World Vision's Hurricane Sandy relief, click here.

    Provides   immediate relief, assistance with cleanup and  rebuilding, pastoral   counseling and  support for children and youth who  have been through   trauma.

    Text message: Text the word RESPONSE to 80888 to give a $10 donation.

    Phone: 800-554-8583

    Online: United Methodist Committee on Relief

    The Jewish Federations of North America Hurricane Relief Fund will contribute to recovery and rebuilding.

    Text message: Text the word RELIEF to 51818 to pledge a donation.

    Online: The Jewish Federations of North America.

    One   of the most badly damaged communities in Sandy's wake is Breezy Point,   Queens. Catholic University student Matthew Petronis created this fundraising page to help his community rebuild. "I have seen the damage and can say that   the place where I grew up during my childhood is almost gone," he  wrote  on the page, "but that is not the case for the children that are   growing up now!"

    NBC   Universal will host a benefit  for Sandy victims on Friday at 8 p.m.   ET. Money collected will be  donated to the American Red Cross relief   efforts. Find more info here.

    Though  smaller instant charities are not always  recommended for donating (for  reasons discussed below), NBC News  reporters have interviewed  Petronis, and verified his story.

    We'll be updating this list.

    Remember that while giving is good, beware of those out there who are not good and are trying to trick you by taking your money. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene last year, the Federal Trade Commission's   caution still holds true: "Scammers may try to take advantage of a   disaster, and so consumers should be wary of urgent appeals for   charitable donations, and watch out for fraudulent home repair schemes   after a storm."

    You can read more about avoiding home repair rip-offs and charity fraud from the FTC.

    Also, the FBI has counseled on its Facebook page "to beware of fraudulent emails and websites claiming to conduct charitable relief efforts. Disasters   prompt individuals with criminal intent to solicit contributions   purportedly for a charitable organization or a good cause," and suggests   reading "Tips on Avoiding Fraudulent Charitable Contribution Schemes" to learn more about avoiding online fraud.

    Compiled by Suzanne Choney, TODAY.com

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