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Staten Island has been horribly devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Elected officials have referred to it as a "Katrina-situation" and nearly half of the death toll, including two young boys ripped from their mother during the surge, is attributed to Staten Island. The borough's plight had inspired one NYC Marathon entrant to use her bib as a way to get there, to volunteer instead of run the now-cancelled race. Many have expressed a desire to help and volunteer—so here's your chance to put your time and energy where your mouth or Tweets are.

If you want to volunteer, it's easier with the Staten Island Ferry back up and running (remember, the Staten Island Railway is not in service and there's limited bus services—check MTA.info). Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who told the Staten Island Advance what is most needed are "blankets, diapers, flashlights with batteries" and "especially... cleanup equipment'—is organizing a cleanup for the East Shore on Saturday. You can email her at nysassembly60@gmail.com.

City Councilman James Oddo's office also tells us of three places that can use volunteers—St Christopher's Church (from the ferry, take the S78 or S79 to Midland Avenue), Rabs Country Lanes (from the ferry, take the S79 to Liberty Avenue then walk North on Hylan Blvd to Raritan Ave) and Crossroads Church at 168 New Dorp Lane (from the ferry, take the S76).

The Advance, whose coverage of the tragedy has been heartbreakingly thorough, also lists many places accepting donations and the items they need—for instance, Big Ang's Drunken Monkey at 205 Forest Ave., Brighton Heights, "is accepting clothing, canned food, blankets, baby wipes and more." Staten Island Recovers has a list of places to donate and volunteer—plus this great map:


View Donation/Ops Sites in SI in a larger map

Occupy Sandy also has details about donations and volunteer efforts.

Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro has a list of funds to donate to—Tunnel to Towers for Hurricane Sandy relief (PDF)—as well as drop-off locations for items. Besides "Donations of food, water, clothing, baby items, blankets, towels, and toiletries," what's "Most needed right now are work gloves, contractor-strength garbage bags, bubble-wrap, and supplies to help with the cleanup."

If you have further information, please let us know or leave a comment below. We hear the situation is fluid.