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Cash is Best

  • Making a financial contribution to a volunteer agency involved in disaster relief is the best way of helping people in need after a disaster.
  • Please watch this video below for guidance on how to donate responsibly:


The USAID Center for International Disaster Information partnered with the Ad Council to spread the word about donating cash, instead of material items, after a disaster. For more information, visit



Coordinate *Before* You Donate

  • Never drop off in-kind (stuff) donations without coordinating your donation with a recipient agency first; only donate in-kind donations if solicited. For more information about how to donate, visit donateNYC.


Donation Resources