‘Occupy’ Movement Aids Storm Victims Through Online Registries

Supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement are using wedding-gift registries at Amazon.com and Wal-Mart’s sales Web site to send blankets, batteries, and other relief supplies to victims of Superstorm Sandy, writes Bloomberg. The effort grew rapidly after a group of volunteers in Brooklyn set up the first “Occupy Sandy” registry on Amazon over the weekend.

The relief effort marks a shift in focus for the movement, which was launched in a Manhattan park last year to protest corporate practices. “People are now experiencing what we meant by all those months of protesting and organizing,” said Samantha Corbin, a volunteer at a Brooklyn church who handled donations from the Amazon registry. “We’re trying to build networks of people who care about each other.”

In other Sandy news, federal officials have authorized U.S. agencies to solicit donations from their employees to help storm victims, The Washington Post says. The fundraising effort, which the U.S. Office of Personnel Management said was widely sought by federal workers, will operate outside the Combined Federal Campaign, the government’s regular workplace charity drive, and run through Nov. 21.

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