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Jan 30th 2013

Hurricane Sandy: Three Months Later and the Work Continues

This past October, Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast, destroying homes and lives in thousands of communities - including 329 Patch towns. Three months later, Forest Hills Patch's Local Editor Matthew Hampton traveled with the American Red Cross Disaster Relief team to see how efforts to help those affected in the Rockaways have continued months after Superstorm Sandy.

The Patch editor spoke with volunteers, locals and the Red Cross, getting a firsthand account of how residents have been making do during extremely challenging times. Lines of people deprived of food continue to rely on the emergency response vehicles that readily deliver food directly to those who need it most.

Patch is proud to support the efforts of the Red Cross and the many other organizations and individuals providing relief to those impacted by Sandy. Our editors and staff continue to provide around-the-clock coverage and essential information for those areas and beyond.

Watch as Patch rides along with the Red Cross in the Rockaways, on Forest Hills Patch!

Nov 9th 2012

AOLers Respond to Sandy

From helping impacted communities, to offering a hand for colleagues in need, when Super Storm Sandy hit, AOL employees responded immediately. Employees packed over two tractor trailers worth of food, water and supplies in Dulles, VA, and Baltimore and donations were sent to ravaged areas in New Jersey and Long Island. When the power went out, AOL connected New Yorkers with one another by partnering with Boingo to provide free wifi throughout Manhattan and north of 34th street. Less than 48 hours after the storm, an internal message board was created where employees could offer resources, including food, water, and electricity, or ask for help. Within hours the message board was flooded with comments such as "I live Uptown and have power, water and everything is normal up here. Email me if you need a place to go. "

AOL continues its relief efforts, as thousands are still without power. AOL.com is featuring an ongoing Red Cross module encouraging users to click-to-donate. The module alone has currently raised over $35K and counting. To date, 94 AOLers have donated nearly $12,000 to Hurricane Sandy disaster relief effort. AOL has committed to match another $10,000 to The Red Cross because of these efforts.

Below is a gallery of AOLers in action as they help our communities. To make a donation visit: https://donate.networkforgood.org/aol.

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