Patch blogs followed the news last week, with writers tackling subjects like Sandy relief efforts and the scramble to recover.
But there was a common, altruistic thread in the Local Voices section.
Rabbi Mark Sameth urged parents to speak with their kids about the storm and its disastrous wake—and opened the Pleasantville Community Synagogue to those seeking a warm room or hot meal.
Barry Graubart helped point more fortunate readers in the direction volunteer opportunities. If you're keen to help those struggling throughout the New York metro area, the Red Cross is seeking folks to pitch in.
"You can register on the American Red Cross website or, for faster response, email firstname.lastname@example.org," Graubart writes. "The United Way is seeking volunteers to staff their 211-help line. If you are interested, call 914-993-3713 or email Shannon Cobb at email@example.com."
On a lighter note, readers can check out some fun crafts for kids (especially salient if you're without electricity) and weigh in on what's better—?
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