Hurricane Sandy -- how you can help

Hurricane Sandy's wrath didn't just have a human toll. Best Friends Animal Society is providing funds to transport of displaced shelter pets and volunteers to fill in work shifts at shelters, delivering pet food and provide pet supplies.

Not every charity responds in the same way. Some provide temporary shelter while others furnish food, water and medical assistance. Many focus on long term rebuilding efforts. And some simply fund-raise on behalf of other charities.

Charity Navigator is the nonprofit watchdog for the business of charity. For tips on giving without being taken, read through their "Tips For Giving in Times of Crisis."

For all of our families directly affected or who have loved ones in these areas, please know you have our positive thoughts and prayers.

What's organized in your community to raise money or supplies for those in need?

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