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To collect things like blankets, flashlights, and even refrigerators for those affected by Hurricane Sandy, the Occupy Wall Street offshoot Occupy Sandy has set up a wedding registry on Amazon. Items purchased off the registry will be shipped directly to the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in Brooklyn and distributed to those in need.
Coordinator John Heggestuen explained to the Atlantic that the idea came from a failed attempt to volunteer at a shelter. He explained: "They didn't have anything for us to do, so we went to the Occupy Sandy location at 520 Clinton Avenue." Inspired by the "tremendous effort there," he and some friends set up the registry.
As of now, it's unclear how many people have donated to the registry, since there's apparently a bit of a lag on Amazon's end. John's advice for dealing with that is asking people to tweet @Amazon to ask for tech support and free shipping for the Sandy Wedding Registry. If you're interested in contributing, head here.
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