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Now a week since the greatest local storm of our generation, the entire PureWow team would like to send our heartfelt thoughts to those readers and families who are still without power, heat or, worse, a home. If you are one of the fortunately warm and well fed, here?s how to help.

Where to Donate and Volunteer As the cold settles in, the biggest needs right now are blankets, coats, gloves, flashlights, batteries, cleaning supplies, toiletries, baby supplies, bottled water and hot, prepared meals. Our tip: Look into fast-acting, community-organized sites like Rockaway Recovery, Red Hook Initiative, Staten Island Recovers, the Lower East Side Recovers and Occupy Sandy. (Yes, members of Occupy Wall Street lead the latter, but regardless of any political views, they are actually one of the most efficient grassroots aid groups right now.)

What to Follow For immediate updates, search hashtags like #SandyVolunteer and #SandyHelp on Twitter.

Who to Text We?ve all seen how effective the text-to-donate model has been for the Red Cross ("REDCROSS" to 90999), and as worthwhile as it is, there are several other organizations--like the Salvation Army ("STORM" to 80888), the United Way of New York City ("RECOVERY" to 52000) and the Humane Society of the United States ("ANIMALS" to 20222)--that are also providing post-storm support to our city and coastlines.

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