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As reported today in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Ocean City, NJ is receiving tons of help after the Hurricane. See the article, http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20121105_Ocean_City_receives_.... In Ocean City, the OCNJ C.A.R.E. Project - which over the weekend served more than 2,000 free meals at a local community center - will function as an umbrella agency for municipal and civic groups and churches and will work side by side with groups such as the American Red Cross and Salvation Army, Gillian said. To learn more, go to the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ocnjCARE) or contact them at 855-622-2730 or at www.ocnjCARE.com. The mailing address for donations is P.O. Box 807, Ocean City, N.J. 08226.
In Ocean County, home to two areas hit hardest by the storm - Long Beach Island and Seaside Heights - officials have urged volunteers and those who wish to donate to focus on the area's many volunteer fire companies, which may have lost equipment in the storm, and the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation, a nonprofit that has given more than $1 million to help needy children in Ocean County and North Carolina.
Funds raised by the Truex foundation will go to help flood victims. Donations can be made online at www.martintruexjrfoundation.org or by mail at 156 Cayuga Drive, Mooresville, N.C. 28117.
Help has come from unexpected sources, too. A customized glass and giftware company in Collingswood, Red Dog Glass, is selling a $20 "Restore the Shore" T-shirt with all proceeds going to the Red Cross' flood victims' relief effort. To learn more, visit
In Monmouth County, NJ, the donation drop off centers there are in need of cleaning supplies and batteries to distribute to affected communities. For more information and a full list of supplies go to http://www.nj.com/monmouth/index.ssf/2012/11/batteries_cleaning_supplies... .
All this talk about NJ, so what’s happening in New York? New York residents can visit this site, New York’s Path to Recovery, http://www.governor.ny.gov/, for information on how to apply for FEMA, seeking food and shelter assistance, filing an insurance claim, avoiding storm recovery scams and more.
Over the weekend, thousands of would-be New York Marathoners contributed to the relief efforts by distributing food and supplies or running their own marathons to raise money. Check out the full story: http://www.shape.com/blogs/shape-your-life/motivation-monday-nyc-maratho... . All throughout New York, individuals and organizations are finding ways to provide immediate relief to those in need. Read their stories at the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/03/how-to-help-in-new-york-city-_n... .
If you are in or around New York and are looking for ways to help, New York 1’s web site offers a myriad of opportunities, http://www.ny1.com/content/top_stories/171662/ways-to-help-sandy-relief-... . NYC Service’s web site, http://www.nycservice.org/ offers a ready list of ways to donate your time and financial support from parks, to blood donations, money and food.
The United Way has a Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund, where $10 donations can be made by texting the word RECOVERY to 52000. Promote the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund with the Twitter hashtag #sandyfund.
The American Red Cross web site volunteer interest site reports that all local volunteer needs have been met. For information on other ways to contribute, visit their site at http://www.redcross.org/news/galleries/Red-Cross-Relief-to-Hurricane-Sandy .