How To Help East Village Explosion Victims Get Shelter, Food, Counseling

03/27/2015 05:59 pm ET | Updated Mar 31, 2015
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New Yorkers reacted in perfect form on Thursday after an explosion rattled the city’s East Village neighborhood, and now supporters nationwide are continuing to help those affected by the blast.

Twenty-two people were injured, four critically, and two remain missing after a blaze erupted Thursday afternoon in the basement of a building on Second Avenue in downtown Manhattan. Two structures collapsed, leaving dozens of people displaced, and a number of groups have stepped in to help those people in need.

The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross provided temporary housing for 30 people affected by the explosion Thursday. The organization reported nearly 80 people reached out for help and received meals, medical care and emotional support. "We're going to be here as long as we're needed," Josh Lockwood, CEO of the Red Cross in New York, said in a statement. Find out how to help here.

The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City

The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City is accepting donations to help victims of the explosion. The fund partners with 45 organizations citywide that focus on helping at-risk groups. One hundred percent of donations will go to helping victims. Find out how to help here.

The Lower East Side Long Term Recovery Group

The Lower East Side Long Term Recovery Group, a disaster response coalition, is seeking volunteers. The nonprofit is looking for people to help with recovery efforts for victims, DNAinfo reported. Sign up here or email Lilah Mejia at

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is working in collaboration with the New York Office of Emergency Management-led Resident Service Center and providing services, as requested, according to John Berglund, director of Greater New York Emergency Services for the Salvation Army. As the recovery effort continues, the Salvation Army may play a larger role in providing financial assistance and material goods, such as furniture, depending on victims’ assessed needs. Find out more about the Salvation Army and how you can support its efforts here.

To help fire victims recover, donate through the American Red Cross fundraising widget below.

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