Many organizations are collecting for Sandy recovery efforts.
If you'd like to donate to the Red Cross online, go to www.redcross.org. You can also mail a check to: the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C., 20013. If you'd rather donate by phone, call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Or text the word "REDCROSS" to 90999, but only $10 can be donated per text.
Visit CNN's Impact Your World for information about the best ways to help hurricane victims, as well as how to volunteer for cleanup efforts.
In the wake of any big disaster, scammers will be on the prowl so be careful that you're donating to a legitimate organization. Be wary of any e-mail or online solicitations requesting donations -- or your credit card or bank account information -- because this is an easy way to get your identity stolen, said Daniel Borochoff, president of charity rating service CharityWatch. People claiming to be victims seeking aid on sites like Facebook and Craigslist also often turn out to be scammers, he said.
"Only give to legitimate charities with a track record of being able to help people in need," he said.