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For many on the East Coast, it's a not-so-happy Halloween today. Though Sandy has come and gone, the storm left behind unbelievable amounts of damage, particularly in New York and New Jersey, as well as continued power outages for families in the area. There's still plenty of work to be done to help those affected by the hurricane, and no matter where you live, you can still help. Here are a few resources and ideas on ways to help out after the storm.

Do you have ideas on where and how to help? Please share them in the comments and we'll share them on Twitter and Facebook.

Where to Donate and Volunteer: Check out these roundups of places to donate and volunteer, and other ideas on how you can help.

Donate Blood: The Red Cross had to cancel hundreds of blood drives, which has a major impact on their blood supply. Click here to make an appointment to donate blood near you.

Safe, Scam-Free Donations: While you help out with disaster relief, make sure you're donating responsibly. Consumer Reports has advice on how to avoid fraud and scams while making donations, as well as similar tips for those impacted by the storm who may need to hire contractors. FEMA also has advice on how to safely donate and a list of recommended organizations you can send donations to.

Thank Nurses and First Responders: I was saddened by the seemingly endless stream of pictures of destruction from Hurricane Sandy. But there was a bright spot that gave me hope and made me deeply grateful: The work of the nurses and first responders to save lives. At NYU hospital, 200 patients, including 20 newborns, were evacuated and carried down several flights of stairs by hardworking nurses and medical center personnel. First responders saved hundreds of lives up and down the East Coast, especially in New York and New Jersey.  Rescue workers, firefighters, and medical workers put their lives on the line. And we know they'll continue to be there for us in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and beyond.

Join us in thanking the nurses and first responders! Click here to sign our thank you card for Hurricane Sandy nurses and first responders.

 

 

 

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