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Hurricane NYC: Volunteering and fund-raising opportunities for families

Help the hurricane NYC victims get back on their feet by raising funds, donating supplies and participating in community service initiatives.


Photograph: Michele Wallach

Photograph: Michele Wallach

Jodi's Gym American Red Cross Fund-raiser
At this Upper East Side fitness spot, kids can have fun learning the basics of gymnastics while raising money for the American Red Cross. From noon to 12:50pm, kids ages 4-7 can test their flexibility; from 4:45pm to 5:50pm, tots ages 1-4 can practice their somersaults with parent participation. All checks must be received the day prior to the event—call 212-772-7633 to reserve a spot. Sat Nov 10 noon–5:50pm. Jodi’s Gym. $35 minimum donation. Ages 1-7.

Bring Your Own Kid Concert Series: Brady Rymer & the Little Band That Could
The Grammy-nominated group creates upbeat American-roots music that keeps kids and parents smiling. For every ticket, CD and T-shirt sold this weekend, the band will make a $2 donation to the Red Cross' Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Sun Nov 11 at 11am. 92YTribeca. $15, children under 3 free. All ages.

Hip Tot Music Fest: The Itty Biddies
Combining storytelling, rockin' music and soaring vocals, this female trio will lift your kids out of their seats and take them on an imaginary trip with a magical suitcase. The Biddies' pop-cabaret style, often accompanied by drums, bass, ukulele and/or piano, will guide you through the city’s subway, a safari in Africa or a star-lit boat ride. Plus, a silent auction and giveaways will benefit families displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Sun Nov 11 at 2pm. ShapeShifter Lab. $8–$35. All ages.

Rockin’ Railroad Benefit Concert
To raise money for the New York Foundling, operating facilities in some of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy, Kidville is hosting an evening benefit concert. The four-piece band from Kidville's Rockin' Railroad music class will play a live show at the Upper East Side location. During the concert and through the week, the venue will also serve as a donation drop-off zone accepting non-perishable food items, toiletries, clothing, baby supplies and blankets. Sun Nov 11 4:40–5:15pm. Kidville UES. $25 per adult-child pair. All ages.

New York Islanders Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund-raiser
The hockey team is hosting a free public skate session to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy, during which kids can meet the Islanders' mascot, Sparky, and play interactive games in the rink. The team asks participants to donate money, clothes and other non-perishable items, plus all food and drink purchases will go towards Hurricane Sandy relief. You must bring your own skates to participate, but spectators are welcome. Mon Nov 12 2–8pm. Nassau Coliseum. Suggested donation. All ages.

Make Meaning Hurricane Sandy Fund-raiser
Your brood is invited to create gratis custom soaps and drop off packages of diapers for families impacted by the superstorm. Plus, half of all proceeds from yearly memberships purchased during the event will be donated to Baby Buggy, a charity whose relief efforts are centered around families in the Rockaways and Staten Island. Mon Nov 12 3–6 pm. Make Meaning UES, Make Meaning UWS. Free. All ages.

#SandyHatesBooks Hurricane Relief Fund-raiser
Dumbo bookshop powerHouse Arena sustained major damage during Hurricane Sandy. To help recoup their losses, the store will hold a day of readings, refreshments and browsing. Sat Nov 18 noon–9pm. The powerHouse Arena. Suggested donation $10. All ages.

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