Welcome Sandy families seeking restoration assistance. Unfortunately, our deadline for new family submissions has passed. 2014 inquiries will be waitlisted. Visit our basic info page for additional info. 


How can I add my family photos to your waitlist?

Send an email with your full name, location and phone number. Also cite how many photos you hope to submit, of what size and how they have been damaged. Be as specific as possible (e.g. large rips, dried mud, water stains, embedded sand and so on.) And indicate whether you'd be able to submit your own high-resolution scans or if you'd be seeking mobile volunteer assistance, as we are no longer hosting scanning events.


What do you mean by "waitlisted"?

This means we do not currently have the resources to help. But should circumstances change, if you would like to be placed on our "waiting list", you'll be notified and potentially helped in the order in which your inquiry was received.

We wish we could help every last Sandy family as well as victims of other natural disasters. But have to set realistic boundaries. Big bear hug for all! 


I can provide my own high-resolution, scanned photo(s). What now?

*As of January 2014, we are no longer accepting new submissions. Refer to "waitlist" instructions above.

So you'd like to scan images at your local FedEx Kinko's, a local photo lab or OfficeMax? Borrow a scanner belonging to a family friend? Utilize a web-based scanning archival vendor such as Fotobridge, DigmyPics or ScanMyPhotos? Impressive! You've made our jobs easier and have ensured that your damaged photo(s) make it to our adoption albums all the quicker. What now? 

Please do NOT immediately send your scans. We'll be assessing needs on an individual basis, and will let you know how to best scan/submit your images after we've received your basic inquiry, as we have specific technical requisites. You will then be sent a digital registration form + further instructions.

Read our Photo Submission FAQ then CONTACT us at carefor sandy (at) gmailPlace the phrase "SCAN CARE SEEKER” in your subject line, then cut-and-paste the following preliminary questions, followed by your responses:

( 1 )  Name / E-mail / Phone Number
( 2 )  City / County / State
( 3 )  How many photo(s) you intend to submit
           Please list dimensions + describe how each appears to have been damaged.
( 4 )  Your Sandy story, in brief, including where your photos(s) were found 

( 5 )  Where you intend to scan (e.g. w' a professional vendor, on my own scanner etc.) 

( 6 )  YES. I have read and agree to abide by CARE for Sandy’s 
Submission Rules.

*Visit this great site for scanning tips if you've decided to scan your own images.


I do NOT have access to a scanner, I am unable to travel to one of your events and my income was severely impacted by Sandy. Are there any other ways to submit?

*As of January 2014, we are no longer accepting new submissions. Refer to "waitlist" instructions above.

We're have a limited-availability, *one-on-one family/volunteer 'adoption' program, wherein volunteers who happen to live in your neighborhood may offer to pick up/redeliver your photo(s) for on or off-premise scanning. We also have numerous well-wishers around the country who have offered to pay for shipping of your insured originals, which will be scanned and returned by insured mail as well. You may also hand-deliver your photos to one of our staff members or a volunteer. As professional scans are inexpensive, please resort to this option only if you've experienced severe financial hardships.

Please CONTACT us at carefor sandy (at) gmail. Place the phrase"PHOTO CARE POW-WOW”  In your subject line, then cut-and-paste the following preliminary questions, followed by your responses:

( 1 )  Name / E-mail / Phone Number
( 2 )  City / County / State
( 3 )  How many photo(s) you intend to submit
        Please list dimensions + describe how each appears to have been damaged.
( 4 )  Your Sandy story, in brief, including where your photos(s) were found 
( 5 )  YES. I'd like to take part in your family/volunteer 'adoption' program.
( 6 )  YES. I have read and agree to abide by CARE for Sandy’s Submission Rules.


I live in NY or NJ. I do NOT have access to a scanner. How do I submit a photo(s)?

*As of August 2013, we are no longer hosting scanning events. Refer to "waitlist" instructions above.

Read our Photo Submission FAQ then CONTACT us at carefor sandy (at) gmail. Place the phrase "PHOTO CARE SEEKER” in your subject line, then cut-and-paste the following preliminary questions, followed by your responses:

( 1 )  Name / E-mail / Phone Number
( 2 )  City / County / State
( 3 )  How many photo(s) you intend to submit
        Please list dimensions + describe how each appears to have been damaged.
( 4 )  Your Sandy story, in brief, including where your photos(s) were found
( 5 )  I plan to send my original(s) by pony express. I need a mailing address! (YES / NO)
( 6 )  YES. I have read and agree to abide by CARE for Sandy’s Submission Rules.

Learning where you live will help CARE for Sandy coordinate events in your community. Areas which receive the greatest number of submission inquiries will likely be the first to host CARE Scanning Events. Once your preliminary information has been logged, CARE for Sandy will send notification when a CARE Scanning Event becomes scheduled within reasonable travel distance. We also suggest checking our Calendar page from time to time, which lists potential upcoming locations where we intend to offer FREE on-premise scanning.

Also consider contacting online vendors such as Fotobridge, DigmyPics and ScanMyPhotos which will batch scan hundreds of photos at once. The New York Times posted this great article on bulk scanning services. Bulk scanning is surprisingly affordable!


I live in CT, MA, PA, RI or WV. I do NOT have access to a scanner. How do I submit a photo(s)?

*As of August 2013, we are no longer hosting scanning events. Refer to "waitlist" instructions above.

If unable to travel to one of our future NJ or NY-based CARE Scanning Events consider contacting online vendors such as Fotobridge, DigmyPics and ScanMyPhotos which will batch scan hundreds of photos at once. The New York Times posted this great article on bulk scanning services. Bulk scanning is surprisingly affordable!

Read out Photo Submission FAQ then CONTACT us at carefor sandy (at) gmail. Place the phrase "PHOTO CARE SEEKER” in your subject line, then cut-and-paste the following preliminary questions, followed by your responses:

( 1 )  Name / E-mail / Phone Number
( 2 )  City / County / State
( 3 )  How many photo(s) you intend to submit
        Please list dimensions + describe how each appears to have been damaged.
( 4 )  Your Sandy story, in brief, including where your photos(s) were found 
( 5 )  Please e-mail when NJ & NY CARE Scanning Events become scheduled. (YES / NO)
( 6 )  I plan to send my original(s) by pony express. I need a mailing address! (YES / NO)
( 7 )  YES. I have read and agree to abide by CARE for Sandy’s Submission Rules.

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