If You're in the New York/New Jersey Area
- Let It Be Known That You're Ready to Help: Mayor Bloomberg has asked anyone who wants to volunteer to email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, email address, and borough.
- Give New Kids Clothes: Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. (K.I.D.S.) is collecting new kids and baby clothes, toys, and other products.
- Give Gently Used Baby Gear: Baby Buggy is accepting gently used (less than three years old) baby gear at its NYC headquarters: 306 W. 37th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues, 8th Floor). Call 212-736-1777 first to schedule your delivery.
Keep reading to learn more ways to give back to the victims of Hurricane Sandy — both from NYC and from afar — and see our tips for talking to your kids about the storm.
- Give to the Hungry: Volunteer through the New York City Coalition Against Hunger by calling 212-825-0028 ext. 211 or emailing NYCCAHvolunteer@gmail.com.
- Lend Your Medical Credentials: The American Red Cross is seeking medical professionals to donate their time and experience to area storm shelters.
- Give Blood: The New York Blood Center is in critical need. Visit its website to find a donation spot near you today.
If You're Elsewhere in the Country
- Send a Gift Card: Families with young children have requested gift cards to Babies "R" Us and Target to help rebuild what's been lost of their kids' possessions. Send them to: Rock Center With Brian Williams, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, #412E, New York, NY 10112.
- Make a Monetary Donation Directly to Staten Island: The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is accepting donations to families in need via its website or by mail.
- Text a Donation to the Red Cross: Text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
- Text a Donation to the Salvation Army: Text the word STORM to 80888 to donate $10 to the Salvation Army.
- Make a Donation to E's Piggy Bank: This adorable 4-year-old has made a viral video that's getting a lot of attention and raising a lot of money for victims of Hurricane Sandy. The proceeds will be distributed to the American Red Cross, Feeding America, and the Humane Society Disaster Relief Fund.
- Donate Directly to Kids in Need: Visit Save the Children's website and donate in any denomination to help the hardest-hit kids and their families.
Resources For Making Sense of It All to Your Kids
- Let The New York Times Help You: The Learning Network, the interactive teaching blog from The New York Times, offers some great tools for discussing the hurricane with your kids.
- Leave It to Sesame Street:
- Engage Them in Giving Back: Whether you're volunteering or donating in person, writing a check, or making an online donation, involve your kids. The silver lining of such a devastating tragedy? It's a great opportunity to teach your children the importance of giving back and supporting your community.