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Superstorm Sandy Recovery Efforts


We've all watched the news and seen the devastation that Superstorm Sandy has caused on the East Coast, and particularly New Jersey and New York. Now it's time to stop watching and start helping. We've compiled this list of charities, events and announcements from individuals and groups organizing various relief efforts. Announcements are listed in alphabetical order by organization name.

Do you know of a relief effort not listed on this page? Email the information to us at sandy@dbcmedia.com.


American Red Cross Delmarva
The Red Cross is prepared to respond to disasters like Hurricane Sandy thanks to the generosity of our volunteers, community partners, and donors. Your support will allow the Red Cross to continue to serve the community during disasters down the street, across the nation, and around the world.

How YOU can Help!

On average, the American Red Cross spends more than $360 million a year preparing for and responding to disasters across the country and around the world. Your help allows the Red Cross to be there for victims of disaster, whenever or wherever help is needed.

Make a Financial Gift to Disaster Relief Help us help the victims of disasters by making a financial gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Donations may be made online at www.redcross.org or mailed to
American Red Cross
100 W. 10th Street, Suite 501
Wilmington, DE 19801

Implement a Customer Donation Program Give your customers the opportunity to support Disaster Relief by simply adding a dollar amount to their total purchase.

Sponsor an Employee Giving and Matching Gift Program Engage employees by sponsoring a fundraising campaign in support of Disaster Relief and provide an incentive to participate by matching employee donations.

Text "REDCROSS" to 90999 Customers of participating wireless carriers can make a $10 donation to support Disaster Relief by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999. Donations will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid account. Message and Data rates may apply.

For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or call 302.656.6620 and choose option 3.


American Red Cross Sandy Relief Coin
Support the victims of Superstorm Sandy by purchasing a commemorative coin for $10. 100% of the proceeds benefit the American Red Cross relief efforts from Superstorm Sandy. For more information, visit www.graywaterops.com/hurricane-sandy-coin.


Christmas for Children of the Beach
Christmas Children of the Beach is having a fundraiser on Sunday, December 16 from 1pm to 5pm at 38 West Bar and Grille on Route 38 in Lumberton, New Jersey. All the donations from this fundraiser will be given to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. You can also donate a new unwrapped toy that will be donated to local shelters housing families affected by Hurricane Sandy. Tickets for this event are $20 for 21 and older, $10 under 20 years old, and anyone under 13 is free. There will be live music with Bent Mushroom, a 50/50, food, beer, and a Chinese Auction. For more information, call Heather Sutton at 609-234-2467 or visit www.facebook.com/christmasforchildrenofthebeach


Internal Revenue Service
The Internal Revenue Service has issued a consumer alert about possible scams taking place in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Following major disasters, it’s common for scam artists to impersonate charities to get money or private information from well-intentioned taxpayers. Such fraudulent schemes may involve contact by telephone, social media, email or in-person solicitations.

The IRS cautions both hurricane victims and people wishing to make disaster-related charitable donations to avoid scam artists by following these tips:

  • To help disaster victims, donate to recognized charities.
  • Be wary of charities with names that are similar to familiar or nationally known organizations. Some phony charities use names or websites that sound or look like those of respected, legitimate organizations. The IRS website at IRS.gov has a search feature, Exempt Organizations Select Check, which allows people to find legitimate, qualified charities to which donations may be tax-deductible. Legitimate charities may also be found on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Web site at fema.gov.
  • Don’t give out personal financial information — such as Social Security numbers or credit card and bank account numbers and passwords — to anyone who solicits a contribution from you. Scam artists may use this information to steal your identity and money.
  • Don’t give or send cash. For security and tax record purposes, contribute by check or credit card or another way that provides documentation of the gift.
  • Call the IRS toll-free disaster assistance telephone number, 1-866-562-5227, if you are a hurricane victim with specific questions about tax relief or disaster related tax issues.

Scam artists can use a variety of tactics. Some scammers operating bogus charities may contact people by telephone to solicit money or financial information. They may even directly contact disaster victims and claim to be working for or on behalf of the IRS to help the victims file casualty loss claims and get tax refunds. They may attempt to get personal financial information or Social Security numbers that can be used to steal the victims’ identities or financial resources.

Bogus websites may solicit funds for disaster victims. Such fraudulent sites frequently mimic the sites of, or use names similar to, legitimate charities, or claim to be affiliated with legitimate charities, in order to persuade members of the public to send money or provide personal financial information that can be used to steal identities or financial resources. Additionally, scammers often send e-mail that steers the recipient to bogus websites that sound as though they are affiliated with legitimate charitable causes.

Taxpayers suspecting disaster-related frauds should IRS.gov and search for the keywords “Report Phishing.”

More information about tax scams and schemes may be found at IRS.gov using the keywords “scams and schemes.”


Mariner Middle School
Mariner Middle School National Junior Honor Society has adopted Elementary School PS 50 in Staten Island. Mariner Middle School is collecting school supplies, children's books, back packs, board games, and kids toys and puzzles. Donations may be dropped off at Mariner Middle School between now and December 7. Any questions, please call Peggy or Terry at 302-684-8516.


Ocean City Chamber of Commerce
It's not too late for you to donate to those affected by the storm, here on the shore. The Ocean City Chamber of Commerce is collecting donations for residents in Somerset County. Top items in need are cleaning products, such as bleach and all-purpose cleaners, trash bags, and non-perishable food. All contributions can be dropped off at the Chamber anytime between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM.
Full List Of Wanted Donations:
Cleaning Supplies: Bleach, All Purpose Cleaner, Sponges, rubber gloves, Empty Spray Bottles, Buckets, Scrub Brushes etc..
Towels, Paper Towels & Toilet Tissue
Heaters & Blankets
New Undergarments
Non-Perishable Food
Beverages
LG Trash Bags
Rakes - Shovels - Tools
Gift Cards & Monetary.
Products will be collected and loaded into a bright green truck to take down to the Crisfield area. Now that some families in Somerset County are picking up the pieces, many are in need of major appliances, building materials, and furniture. Due to the size of these items you can arrange a drop-off by calling 1-888-756-7836.




Opus One Jazz Emsemble
The Opus One Vocal Jazz Ensemble & Friends presents “A Very Jazzy Christmas” Concert on Saturday, December 8 at 7pm at St. James Episcopal Church, Millcreek 2106 St. James Church Road in Wilmington. Tickets are $10 and can be bought at the door, however Reservations are highly recommended due to the popularity of this concert. Please call 302-994-1584 for tickets or email opusonejazz@yahoo.com. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Episcopal Relief and Development’s Hurricane Sandy Fund and Family Promise of Northern New Castle County.


Stuff The Bus for Crisfield
The Harvest Years Senior Center in Camden, Delaware is collecting food to be delivered to Crisfield, Maryland on Friday, December 14. Please bring any donations for Crisfield to the Harvest Years Senior Center at 30 South Street in Camden, DE. For more information, please call 302-698-4285.





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