After Sandy: ways to help

A few readers have written from different corners of the country, wondering where and how they can give to help those devastated by last week’s storm.

The best resource to help those in Brooklyn and Queens is Catholic Charities.  Visit their website — — and you’ll find a wealth of information and links:

While the recovery and rebuilding efforts continue after Hurricane Sandy, thousands of our neighbors in Brooklyn and Queens desperately need our help. Your support is needed now more than ever.

  • You can donate non-perishable food items and other supplies to one of our food pantries in Brooklyn and Queens. To find a food pantry nearest you, please click here.
  • Click here to see the collectible items
  • You can help by making a donation to the Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort by clicking here.
  • You can also volunteer your time helping those in need. For more information on volunteer efforts, please click here.

Your support is needed now more than ever! Thank you.

If you or someone you know needs assistance, please contact us at 718-722-6001 or visit

And there’s this:

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio has asked all parishes to take up a second collection to assist those who are in distress as a result of this natural disaster. The fund will be administered by Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens. “Most of our families throughout Brooklyn and Queens are middle class or working poor,” says Bishop DiMarzio. “Now we need to come together to assist our neighbors… While things may always be replaced, we are all mindful of how important our homes are in our lives and so our thoughts and prayers turn to those whose property was destroyed or damaged.”

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