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Superstorm Sandy has impacted the lives of millions in the northeastern U.S. and Caribbean, as the largest-diameter Atlantic hurricane on record hit land between Oct. 24 and Oct. 30.

If you’re looking for ways to help the millions of people across the Eastern Seaboard and Northeast who were injured, whose homes were damaged and who are awaiting the return of power, cable and water, we’ve rounded up some great options.

Mashable has highlighted seven organizations running campaigns that help those affected by the Frankenstorm. Have you heard of other non-profits or online campaigns raising money to help the victims? Let us know in the comments if we’ve missed a worthy cause.

  • The Red Cross: If you would like to give to the Red Cross, which has opened more than 190 shelters along the East Coast and has hundreds of disaster relief workers on standby, you can donate online, by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, or by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10. The Red Cross is also seeking blood and platelet donations. To learn more, visit

  • The Salvation Army: You can donate $10 to the Salvation Army by texting “STORM” to 80888. If you are already volunteer-certified, you can sign up to help out with disaster relief.

  • AmeriCares: You can donate to AmeriCares’ relief fund to help the organization, which is distributing supplies to 130 clinics in the 13 states affected by Sandy.

  • World Vision: Despite flooding at its Bronx, N.Y. warehouse, World Vision is organizing relief efforts. You can text “GIVEUSA” to 777444 to make a $10 donation, or donate online to help.

  • Operation USA: If you would like your donations to go to efforts abroad, Operation USA is helping victims in Haiti and Cuba, who were also deeply affected by the storm. In addition to donating online, you can text “AID” to 50555 to give $10.

  • International Medical Corps: Another option for donating abroad is the International Medical Corp, who are coordinating efforts in Haiti.

  • New York Blood Center: You can donate blood, which will be used to help injured people, as well as hospital blood banks affected by the storm.

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The Aftermath of Superstorm Sandy

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    Breezy Point, Queens

    “Destruction after fire in Breezy Point, Queens.” Via Official New York City Fire Department

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    Breezy Point, Queens

    “Destruction after fire in Breezy Point, Queens.”
    Via Official New York City Fire Department

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    Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

    “Damage being repaired on the roof of the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Arts and Crafts Center after Hurricane Sandy made landfall.”

    Via Joint Task Force Guantanamo Public Affairs/Sgt. Brett Perkins

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    “No traffic on the FDR today. This was all under water the night before. It’s amazing how a storm like Sandy can completely shut down an entire city.”

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    South Ferry Station, Manhattan

    A submerged escalator at the South Ferry subway station in Lower Manhattan. Via MTA

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    East Village, Manhattan

    People bail water from a basement of an East Village business. Via Brennan Cavanaugh

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    West Village, Manhattan

    “Bleeker Street Pizza: OPEN- The electricity was still out, but they were making pizza anyway, with the help of their gas-fired oven and a few spelunker head lamps.”

    Via Nick Sherman

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    East Village at Avenue C, Manhattan

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    Battery Park

    A truck is submerged in Battery Park, Manhattan. Via Andrea Canning

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    Belmar, New Jersey

    “Hurricane Sandy damage in Belmar, N.J. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.” Via Talk Radio News Service

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    Seaside Heights, New Jersey

    “Aerial views of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to the New Jersey coast taken during a search and rescue mission by 1-150 Assault Helicopter Battalion, New Jersey Army National Guard, Oct. 30, 2012.”

    Via U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen/Released

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    White Hall subway station in NYC

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    North Wildwood, New Jersey

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    West Wildwood, New Jersey

    A street underwater. Via thejkinz

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    Long Island, New York

    A tree uprooted in Long Island, New York. Via nikki_skye

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    Stonybrook, Long Island, NY

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    Dumbo, Brooklyn

    “Main St. After Hurricane Sandy” Via DumboNYC

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    Dumbo, Brooklyn

    “Jane’s carousel is basically an island now. Poor horses.” Via andjelicaaa

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    Staten Island

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    West Virginia

    “John Schmidt, of the West Virginia Field Office, photographed his backyard during Hurricane Sandy.” Via U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services

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    Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn

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    Staten Island

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    Red Cross Digital Command Center

    “President Obama visits the American Red Cross Digital Command Center following Hurricane Sandy”
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    Portsmouth, Virginia

    “Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, visits Soldiers from the 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment Oct. 30 in Portsmouth, Va. “
    Via Virginia Guard Public Affairs

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    Piscataway Township, New Jersey

    “Spc. Anthony Monte along with Soldiers from the 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, New Jersey Army National Guard, mobilized for Hurricane Sandy provide assistance to displaced residents at an emergency shelter at the Werblin Recreation Center, Piscataway Township, N.J., Oct. 29, 2012.”Via U.S. Army

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    Mears, Virginia

    “Virginia National Guard Soldiers trudged through high water and cut trees to clear a path for two rescue missions that transported seven adults and one child to safety at two locations on Cattail Road in the Mears, Va. area Oct. 30.” Via The National Gaurd

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    Fort Greene, Brooklyn

    A car that has been smashed by a tree in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Via CSondi