After Hurricane Sandy: How to Help

Firefighter helps NJ FamilyFirefighter helps NJ FamilyWhen Hurricane Sandy barreled up the East Coast on Monday, it left millions of homes and businesses stranded without power, billions of dollars of damage, and more than 100 people dead. The full scope of the loss and damage is still being evaluated, but there are many ways to help those in need right now.

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You can contact the American Red Cross if you need help or if you want to make a donation. Click on www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. The New York New Jersey Area also desperately needs blood donations that you can arrange by calling the Red Cross.

The Salvation Army is helping people on the ground in the hardest hit areas with shelters and mobile feeding stations. Click here for more information on how to give.

AmeriCares provides medical supplies and clean up kits to families around the world. They have launched a large-scale effort to reach communities devastated by Sandy. Click here to give to their disaster relief fund.

World Vision is a humanitarian organization set up to help children and their families. To learn about their disaster relief efforts or donate, click here.

Feeding America is the country's largest hunger relief organization. Call 1-800-910-5524 or click here to learn more and donate.

On Friday, NBC will air "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together," a telethon to benefit the relief efforts launched by the American Red Cross. It will be broadcast live from 8-9 pm EST and streamed on NBC.com.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has links to efforts in each state and provides information on how to give and donate in your particular community as well as how to find help if you need assistance or shelter. Please click here for more details.