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Brooks Thopsey packs his car to evacuates his Fairfield Beach Road home with his wife and dog in Fairfield, Conn. Sunday Oct. 28, 2012. Tens of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate coastal areas Sunday as big cities and small towns across the U.S. Northeast braced for the onslaught of a superstorm threatening some 60 million people along the most heavily populated corridor in the nation. (AP Photo/The Connecticut Post, Cathy Zuraw) MANDATORY CREDIT
Stamford-based AmeriCares is providing assistance to victims of Hurricane Sandy along the East Coast. It is one of several relief organizations accepting donations for efforts.
The Connecticut Red Cross is asking interested volunteers to email firstname.lastname@example.org with their phone number and email address. The Red Cross will then contact them with further information about how they can help out.
Persons interested in donating to charitable solicitations for hurricane recovery efforts are encouraged to review “Tips for Giving in Times of Crisis” available online from Charity Navigator to avoid charities fraud.
Charity Navigator has also prepared a webpage specific to Hurricane Sandy with tips for making smart giving decisions in the wake of the storm, as well as a list of highly-rated charities responding.
The United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is seeking donations of shelf-stable, non-perishable food items, flashlights, batteries, bottled water, and clean blankets. There are five local drop-off locations for these contributions:
If you would like to make a financial contribution, please go to www.uwsect.org and click on the ‘Donate’ button in the upper right-hand corner to contribute securely online.
United Way of New York City has established the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund. The Fund will address the near-term and long-term recovery needs of individuals, families and communities along the Eastern Seaboard that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy's devastation. Contributions to the Fund will be used by local United Ways in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, DC and West Virginia. United Way of New York City will charge no administrative fees.
The East Haven Pantry, located at 39 Park St. in the lower level of Christ and the Epiphany Church, is accepting donations of non-perishable foods. Monetary donations are preferred as they have a purchasing power available to them of at least double of the funds raised.
Donations will also be accepted at the Hagaman Memorial Library and at the Town Hall. All monies must be in the form of a check payable to the East Haven Food Pantry.
For those seeking to make donations, the United Way of Milford, Inc., 20 Evergreen Ave., is accepting monetary donations.
The Milford Food Bank located at the Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive, is accepting food and monetary donations
Kingdom Life Community Resource Center, 600 Naugatuck Ave., is accepting donations of food, clothing and household items. If necessary, Kingdom Life will pick up your donations. Call Terry at (203) 878-7729 extension 13.
You can also access more information on these groups and how to help from the NBC News Website.