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Hurricane Sandy Relief Charities Raise More Than $92 Million

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Relief charities responding to Hurricane Sandy-ravaged communities have raised more than $92.3 million, Philanthropy.com reports.

Leading the fundraising effort is the American Red Cross, which had pulled in $85 million as of Sunday. Other organizations, including the Salvation Army and United Way of New York, have raised funds in the $2 million to $3 million range, according to the site.

The Red Cross has dispensed more than 5,000 workers and 320 response vehicles since the superstorm hit. And although the organization has taken some heat for what some Sandy victims have called a “slow response,” donations have spiked. The nonprofit already had raised $11 million for Sandy relief just two days after the storm.

Getting support from some of Hollywood’s heavyweights has certainly helped. NBC’s hour-long benefit concert on Friday night raked in $23 million for the Red Cross, according to the Associated Press. The star-studded event featured performances by artists who hail from some of the hardest-hit areas, including New Jersey’s Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi and Long Island's Billy Joel.

ABC followed suit on Monday by organizing a “Day of Giving,” which featured hosts of the network’s hit shows, including Jimmy Kimmel and Kelly Ripa, encouraging viewers to donate to the Red Cross. The initiative raised $17 million, according to TheWrap.

"'Jimmy Kimmel Live,' ABC Family, and Radio Disney, the Disney/ABC TV Group came together in an unprecedented fashion to address the storm's devastation,” Anne Sweeney, of Disney Media Networks and Disney/ABC Television Group, told the news outlet, ”and I could not be more proud."

Learn how you can help Hurricane Sandy victims in need here.

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