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Sandy relief: How trips to the Hamptons turned into a mission of mercy

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Still more money will flow in on Monday: Disney/ABC has designed Monday as a “Day of Giving” across its network and syndicated programming.

Although millions of Americans are giving money nationally, many local organizations are focusing on finding individuals who want to help.

For example, over the weekend on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the Jewish Community Center (JCC), a beehive of activity, asked West Siders to donate nonperishables such as cleaning supplies and toilet paper to be distributed to victims on Staten Island; in Hoboken, N.J.; the Rockaways (a neighborhood in the Queens borough); and Long Island. More than 200 drivers filled their cars with diapers, wipes, blankets, and warm clothes.

On Monday at the JCC, 12 volunteers prepared meals for 350 children who would normally get their meals in their schools but will not because the kitchens were not up and running yet.

In the case of New York Cares, 600 volunteers who had signed up on its website met at pick-up zones to get bussed to places like the Rockaways, where they handed out food and water.

One of those volunteers was Amaya Swanson, who works in IT in Manhattan.

Ms. Swanson was the captain for 50 volunteers who roamed Breezy Point, where a fire had destroyed 80 homes. “We brought supplies and information on where the residents can get food and water,” she says. The information is helpful since electricity has not returned to the area, so local people may not know where they can get help.

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