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Superstorm Sandy relief efforts: 5 ways you can help in Los Angeles

Superstorm Sandy

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A rollercoaster that once sat on the Funtown Pier in Seaside Heights, N.J., rests in the ocean on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. The pier was washed away by superstorm Sandy which made landfall Monday evening.

Disaster relief is underway for victims of the Superstorm formerly known as Hurricane Sandy. Communities destroyed by the landmark landfall will get some much needed assistance from the West Coast this weekend via a number of traditional and untraditional fundraising efforts. 

The Walt Disney Co. announced Thursday a commitment of $2 million toward disaster relief and rebuilding efforts. For people with shallower pockets who still want to help, below is a list of ways to donate buckets of your own duckets to the all-too-literal Sandy bail out.

(Leave us a message in the comments about other local benefits and fundraisers.)

1. NBC Universal Telethon - "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together"

The one-hour telethon/concert aired Friday on NBC Universal stations — NBC, Bravo, CNBC, E!, G4, MSNBC, Style, Syfy, USA — and streamed online (you can view a replay here). Money collected will be donated to the American Red Cross. 

Warning: If Bruce sings "Fourth of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" every person watching will have a personal face flood to deal with.

The telethon, “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together,” will be held at NBC’s Rockefeller Plaza studios and hosted by Matt Lauer, the co-host of “Today.” Among the musicians who are scheduled to perform on the telethon are Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Sting and Christina Aguilera; Jimmy Fallon, the host of NBC’s “Late Night,” and Brian Williams, the anchor of “NBC Nightly News,” will also appear.

2. ABC7/Red Cross - "Superstorm Sandy Relief Fundraiser" (Two days)

The American Red Cross teamed up with our local ABC affiliate to have volunteers in two locations accepting cash, check and credit card donations in any amount.

For the mailers, send a check — made out to the American Red Cross with "Sandy Relief" in the memo line — to Superstorm Sandy Relief, P.O. Box 5967, Glendale, CA 91221. By phone, text REDCROSS to 90999 to automatically donate $10. Or give online.

Thursday, Nov. 1

  • Honda Center in Anaheim
  • Parking Lot 5 (across the street from the Arena, next to the 57 freeway)
  • Accepting donations until 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 2

  • Rose Bowl in Pasadena
  • Parking Lot B (to the right of the front of the Stadium)
  • 5 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

3. Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles - "Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund"

The L.A. Jewish community organization is accepting donations on behalf of the victims of Hurricane Sandy to "help meet the immediate needs of the victims and their families." 100% of donations will be distributed to partners near the affected areas. All administrative costs will be absorbed by the organization.

  • Donate by phone: (323) 761-8413
  • Donate by mail: The Jewish Federation, Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, 6505 Wilshire Boulevard, Ste. 1000, Los Angeles, CA, 90048
  • Donate online: JewishLA.org

4. Waves For Water (W4W) - "Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative"

As a "first responder to the surf-community" this collective will lead assistance efforts providing "survival items and debris removal" services for communities devastated by the hurricane.  

“Many of our favorite East Coast surfing epicenters are completely wiped out and under water,” said [Jon] Rose, who’s spearheaded previous relief efforts to countries like Haiti, post-tsunami Japan, North Korea and Afghanistan.

Online donations will be allocated for supplies, equipment and labor.

5. Hurricanes - "Hurricane Sandy Relief Fundraiser & Glow Party"

Huntington Beach's Hurricanes Bar & Grill will be matching all money donated during their Thursday night event . Nothing says disaster relief quite like $1 champagne and scantily clad ladies.

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