By Dexter Keyton, EnStarz | Nov 02, 2012 12:41 PM EDT
The death toll for Hurricane Sandy reached 98 people in the U.S. this week in addition to a rising cost of billions in damages.
Relief is still needed for those impacted by one of the worst storms in U.S. history, with thousands of people still without power while others try to move on. NBC will host a telethon tonight to raise relief funds. The telethon will have dual hosts Jimmy Fallon and Brian Williams, and feature a concert with performers such as Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joe and Sting.
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Singer Jon Bon Jovi will also lend his voice to the event.
Bon Jovi released a statement on Friday urging people to donate, saying the following: "Once again, the eyes of the world are upon us as we wake to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Once again we will have hurdles to clear and challenges we will have to face. When patience is lost ... when it seems helpless ... when you are in need and you feel as if you're alone ... know you are not alone. We may not have electricity but we have power."
"Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together" broadcasts live tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBC and affiliated networks.
There are many relief organizations that need donations to help those affected by the disaster:
The American Red Cross is a volunteer-led humanitarian organization that provides relief to disaster victims. The organization acts under the guidance of the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Donations help to provide relief mobilization of emergency personnel, vehicles, shelter and supplies to those affected.
Americares helps bring medical aid supplies around the world. The global relief organization focuses on responding to medical emergencies and providing medicine to those affected by disasters. A donation will go toward providing emergency kits to families. As a global humanitarian organization, Americares delivers aid to all who need it no matter where they are.
The Salvation Army National Corps responds to long-term disasters for support in the recovery of communities. The organization has been directed by the Office of Emergency Management in New York to lead with feeding shelters through the City's Food Access Plan. A donation will help mobile canteen units deployed to the areas hit the hardest by Sandy.
The super storm has also taken its toll on the pet population, with many families leaving their animals behind during evacuations and those harmed in Sandy's path. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the Humane Society of the United States both need donations to help support animals impacted with or without owners.
GuideStar provides helpful tips to those interested in donating money to the charity that's right for them.
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