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Blogs: Helping One Another in Sandy's Wake

A recap of recent and popular blog posts in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam.

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 andrew.sindell@redcross.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 scobb@uwwp.org."

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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Nicole porter November 04, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Extended: Pass it on: To help in the hurricane Sandy relief efforts, Rescuestuff Inc. 962 Washington Street Peekskill, NY Will be collecting Monday 10-3 Tuesday 10-3 We are asking our friends and partners to donate the following items: Clothes/socks/jackets, Diapers and formula, water, non perishable food items, blankets, garbage bags, rubber gloves, personal hygiene items, pet needs, batteries, paper products We hope you will help do your part to help others who have lost so much Thank you!
rennycfli November 05, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Thank you for your post!
Rhea Vogel November 05, 2012 at 04:11 AM
The devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy will be felt in Rockland for many weeks and months to come. As the umbrella organization for charitable giving in the County, the Rockland Community Foundation is responding to the needs of our residents by currently accepting applications for financial assistance to those most severely impacted. The Foundation is currently taking grant applications from county based non-profit organizations and individuals for the following funds: Community Crisis Relief Fund - Individuals and non-profit organizations Active Cares Fund - Non-profit organizations only Boulders Fund - Non-profit organizations only North Rockland Emergency Fund - Individuals and non-profit organizations Applications will be reviewed weekly, and grants made as funds are available, until further notice. Applications can be accessed via any of the following: • The Rockland Community Foundation website: www.rocklandgives.org • email: info@rocklandgives.org • phone: 845-947-286 • Rockland County Town and Village Halls (in person after November 8) If you have been fortunate to not been affected by this storm please consider making a donation to one or more of these funds. Donations can be made via: Check or Money Order made payable to the Rockland Community Foundation, P.O. Box 323, New City, NY 10956 or by Credit card or PayPal at http://www.rocklandgives.org. Contributions remain here in Rockland for those who need it most. Thank you.

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