Sandy Relief: Yes, You Can Still Do Something Useful

For our neighbors in Queens, Staten Island and other areas, life is still far from normal.

With this morning’s good news about the situation at Knickerbocker Village finally improving, the Lower East Side is mostly recovered from Hurricane Sandy. But more than two weeks after the storm roared ashore in New York Harbor, there are still many New Yorkers in desperate need of help of all kinds. Below are a few options of ways to help in the next week or two. Check out the NYC Sandy Needs website for a more detailed, constantly updated list of volunteer and donation opportunities.

Play trivia at Fontana’s, Nov. 14, 7-9 p.m.: Instead of prizes, Fontana’s will donate money to the Rockaway Renegades for every correct answer in Wild Pete Macy’s Trivia Challenge.

Benefit concert at the Living Room, Nov. 21, 8 p.m.: For as little as $15 (larger donations accepted also), hear great bands, support a local music venue and raise money for Sandy recovery projects.

Thanksgiving dinner for Sandy survivors, Nov. 22, St. Mark’s Church on the Bowery: A group of local folks seeks to raise $3,000, plus donations of food, supplies and volunteer time to put on a feast for those unable to cook at home in the wake of the storm.

Assemble pet care packages, through Dec. 1, Brooklyn: The ASPCA, a national nonprofit based in Manhattan, along with partners including the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, needs volunteers to help package pet food and supplies for companion animals of Hurricane Sandy families.