Hurricane Sandy caused a mess in the Northeast that's not going away anytime soon. Look at the heartbreaking photos of the devastation in The Rockaways, Staten Island, and the Jersey Shore. If you haven't already, go donate to the Red Cross or other relief efforts here, here, and here, and check out helpful list of ways to help at WNYC. If you're in New York City or the Tri-State area, there's probably a localized food + blanket + battery drive for those in need in your neighborhood. Just yesterday I ran into an awesome one while strolling around the East Village, so keep your heads up and be on the look-out.
Meanwhile, quite a few graphic designers and t-shirt makers have sprung to action to produce special NYC/Jersey Shore-inspired Hurricane Sandy shirts with proceeds benefiting relief efforts in the superstorm's wake. To be frank, you're buying a shirt to benefit a great cause. Just one note airing on the side of caution before we proceed: We're running on faith here and haven't verified what percent of the purchase is going to Sandy relief efforts; We're simply taking the shirt producer for their word that the money you spend on these shirts will be donated to the cause. Let's be very clear here: We have zero sympathy for scumbags who try to profiteer off a natural disaster.
Cool Material's "Rebuild" Hurricane Sandy Relief T-shirt
Our friends over at Cool Material call New Jersey home. On Friday afternoon they dropped us a note about their Hurricane Sandy relief notebooks. The design has now made it's way to a T-shirt and 100% of the profits will go directly to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Cost: $25. Check it out here.
"Manhattan Blackout" Hurricane Sandy Relief T-Shirts By Sebastian Errazuriz
Via Grey Area: Chilean born, New York-based artist Sebastian Errazuriz’s studio was paralyzed after the hurricane. Unable to work and tired of watching the horrible disaster unfold on the news, Errazuriz decided to design something to help raise much-needed relief funds. This idea occurred to him after seeing the water line marked on the walls of the flooded galleries in New York’s Chelsea art district." 100% of the profit goes to Hurricane Sandy relief programs. The shirts are being made at the artist's studio using a 70's dip dying style. Cost: $40. Check it out here.
"I Still Love NY" Hurricane Sandy Relief T-Shirts By Sebastian Errazuriz
Another design by Sebastian Errazuriz. Cost: $40. Check it out here.
Jetty Life's Hurricane Sandy Relief T-Shirt
We posted about this as an item in our 10 Things We Want This Week, but figure it needs as much press as it can get. Via the guys at Jetty Life, who call the Jersey Shore home: "In an effort to aid those suffering from Hurricane Sandy, we’ve designed a relief t-shirt which will allow us to UNITE & REBUILD! Profits from the sales of this custom, Jetty T-shirt will go to victims of the storm who are in direct need of assistance as well as the emergency response units who risked their lives to save others. We will be accepting pre-orders through Friday, November 16th and at that time we will screen print & deliver the first wave of orders. This relief effort will be focused within New Jersey which was most heavily impacted by the storm." Cost: $20. Check it out here.
Blink-182's "East Coast Pride" Hurricane Sandy Relief T-Shirt
The good guys from Blink-182 lend a hand to those in need from Sandy with this East Coast Pride shirt. Here's the note via their official shop: "with the absolute devastation of on the east coast from hurricane sandy, we are doing our crappy punk rock part and have created a t-shirt with the help of blink-182 artist, acorn. this shirt was created to directly benefit affected areas, all proceeds from sales go direct to the relief efforts of the red cross. so please help us contribute the only way we know how to, by selling some t-shirts!!! and lets help the eastern seaboard get back on its feet!" Cost: $19.95. Check it out here.
Selfless Tees "SoPo (South of Power)" T-Shirt
Inspired by Manhattan's hottest new not-so-bright neighborhood, SoPo (South of Power), Selfless Tees has this design to benefit Sandy relief efforts. Cost: $20. Check it out here.
Restore the Shore Sandy Relief Gear
"A Crowdfunded Benefit for Hurricane Sandy Relief at the Jersey Shore" Cost: $30. Check it out here.
Young Whales Hurricane Sandy Relief T-Shirt
Young Whales is Victor Cruz's clothing line that he shares with Nate Collins. The message on the site: "We all know folks who were affected by Hurricane Sandy and have all done what we can to help. This T-shirt will hopefully add to those efforts.. All proceeds will be donated to a relief fund that is dedicated solely to aiding the victims of this disaster (we are still researching this - pls email email@example.com w/ suggestions). All shirts will be signed by the owners of Young Whales - Giants Wide Receiver Victor Cruz and Bears Lineman Nate Collins (Pls note signature on mockups are for reference only)." Cost: $50. Check it out here.
Admittedly, this is a short list. Plenty of other awesome threads out there from people who want to help out. If you know of any other t-shirts or gear benefiting Hurricane Sandy victims, please bring it to our attention in the comments or drop us an e-mail. We'll try to post as many as we can.