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NBC Connecticut Storm Relief Drive

By LeAnne Gendreau
|  Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013  |  Updated 3:42 PM EDT
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Much of Fairfield, Connecticut, remained underwater a day after Superstorm Sandy hit, leaving many homeless.

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Many people have been asking how to help the victims of Sandy in Connecticut and we wanted to let you know that we are teaming up with the Connecticut Food Bank, Salvation Army and the American Red Cross to collect food, warm coats, and personal care items for victims.

The NBC Connecticut Storm Relief Drive will be held on Sunday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of IKEA in New Haven, at 450 Sargent Drive, and at the Sears parking lot in West Hartford at 1445 New Britain Avenue.
Food Items Most Needed

  • 100 percent fruit Juice (cans, bottles, boxes)
  • Canned vegetables and fruit
  • Chunky soups and beef stew
  • Gluten-free products
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Peanut butter
  • Powdered milk
  • Dry rice and canned beans
  • Spaghetti and sauce
  • Sugar free, low sodium, and no salt items
  • Tuna and other canned meat

Personal Care Items Most Needed

  • Shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Diapers, detergent and deodorant
  • Shaving cream, razors and hairbrushes
  • Warm coats

We hope to see you there.

NBC Universal networks will carry a telethon on Friday from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. to benefit victims. Money collected will be donated to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Christina Aguilera, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Sting are scheduled to appear.

We've compiled more information on how to help here.

How to Help

Donate to the NBC Connecticut Storm Relief Drive on Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon.

NBC Sandy Telethon on Friday.


The Connecticut Red Cross is asking interested volunteers to email ctvol@ctredcross.org with their phone number and email address. The Red Cross will then contact them with further information about how they can help out.

United Way:

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:

  • The Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center, 374 Broad Street, New London from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m on Friday, Nov. 2 and 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday;
  • The Hampton Inn, 300 Long Hill Road, Groton;
  • The Residence Inn, 40 Whitehall Avenue, Mystic;
  • The Comfort Inn, 48 Whitehall Avenue, Mystic; and
  • United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, 283 Stoddards Wharf Road (at the corner of Route 12), Gales Ferry from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 and 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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.

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