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Hurricane Sandy: How Can You Help?

GSUSA has lifted the fundraising restrictions to enable girls to raise money for Girl Scouting recovery efforts. They have established a Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund to help address the needs of councils affected by the storm.

To give, go to You will have the option to give directly to the councils, as well as the giving form for the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund.

Girl Scouts of the USA has not lifted the restriction of fundraising for other organizations. When asked if girls can raise money for other organizations, please direct them to helping sister Girl Scouts - girls fundraising for other organizations is not permitted. Contributions may be directed to a specific council or councils through their online giving sites. GSUSA and many councils including Heart of the Hudson, Greater New York, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Northern New Jersey, Heart of New Jersey, Central & Southern New Jersey, and Jersey Shore were affected and have staff and volunteers still working to recover.

Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, individual Girl Scouts and their communities across the country are looking for ways to contribute to relief efforts. Below is a list of ways you personally can help. 

One way to help is by donating to the Red Cross. All donations will provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by the storm. To donate, visit, call 800-Red-Cross or text the word "Redcross" to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Nearly 100 Red Cross blood drives were canceled because of Sandy, so blood supplies are low in the areas affected the most. The Red Cross asks that those who can donate to schedule an appointment to give blood.

For more information on blood donation, visit

The Salvation Army has dozens of mobile feeding units and shelters along the East Coast that are working to serve thousands in the most heavily hit areas. Visit to donate.

Feeding America has thousands of pounds of emergency food, water and supplies in the disaster zone that it is working to distribute to the storm's victims. To donate, visit or call 800-910-5524.

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Posted by News GSHS at 9:30 AM


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