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Hurricane Sandy: How You Can Help

What you can do to reach out to those who need it most.

No one knows better how a storm can destroy and cripple a community than Oak Lawn, Evergreen Park and Beverly-Mt. Greenwood. In the aftermath of the devestating Oak Lawn tornado of 1967--which claimed ...

As Hurricane Sandy batters much of the central-Atlantic and Northeastern United States, those of us in the Chicago area are wondering how we can help those most in need. Here's how:

To help those affected donate through the Red Cross website or call (800) 733-2767. You can also text the word ‘REDCROSS’ to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter or the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Click here to donate to the Red Cross.

Relief organization Save the Children also is mobilizing response teams for the storm’s aftermath. The group provides child-friendly kits, including diapers and hygiene items to those in need. Click here to donate to Save the Children.

AmeriCares also is mobilizing its efforts to provide medical relief and humanitarian aid to the hardest hit areas. The organization will deliver medicines, First Aid kits, bottled water, cleaning products, flashlights and shelter supplies all along the East Coast, according to its website. Click here to donate to AmeriCares. 

Do you have friends or family on the East Coast? Keep up with news of Hurricane Sandy and how it's affecting small towns in the East.

Do you know of any ongoing local relief efforts? Tell your neighbors about it in the comments section. 

scouter November 07, 2012 at 07:12 PM
To All, I have a friend, an EMT, who has collected supplies (and has a list of requested supplies) for those fire departments that were totally destroyed and wiped out by Hurricane Sandy. Unfortunately, she was unable to secure transportation for those supplies. She is looking for a truck or a trailer to haul them there. Lisa is willing and able to take the time off of work to drive them out there, but she doesn't have enough money to rent one and no one has stepped up to donate a truck or trailer for her to drive it out there... Any ideas? Thanks!

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