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Amazon's Wedding Registry Is Helping Sandy Victims

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Some innovative Brooklyn dwellers have found a philanthropic use for Amazon's wedding registry. Three volunteers with Occupy Sandy, an Occupy Wallstreet offshoot focused on helping victims of last week's storm, came up with the idea to use the wedding registry to get items like cell phone chargers, flashlights, and cleaning supplies to those in need.

There are some humorous side-effects that come with hijacking the system (the required "couples' style" category is filled in as "warm, non-perishable"), but the concept seems to be streamlining the donation process. Anyone wishing to donate can head to the registry and purchase an item within his budget. On the lower range of prices, there are Fruit of the Loom underwear packs for $10 and baby wipes for $12, while plenty of battery packs, diapers, and cleaning supplies are in the $20 to $50 range. The most expensive items are pumps and generators, which are a couple hundred dollars each.

The items are delivered to the Occupy Sandy site at the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew at 520 Clinton St. in Brooklyn. "Right now we are setting up an inventory management team at the church to keep track of the donations when they arrive," John Heggestuen, the volunteer who came up with the idea, told the Atlantic.

· Occupy Sandy Hacks Amazon's Wedding Registry (In a Good Way) [The Atlantic]
· All Frankenstorm coverage [Racked]