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United Way handing out $5 million in Sandy aid

Backhoe operator Keith Henry levels a storm-damaged home in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. The splintered plywood, mangled appliances and sodden sheetrock, as well as shreds of clothing and family photos will be added to the increasing piles of rubble being cleared in New York as the cleanup from Superstorm Sandy continues. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Backhoe operator Keith Henry levels a storm-damaged home in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. The splintered plywood, mangled appliances and sodden sheetrock, as well as shreds of clothing and family photos will be added to the increasing piles of rubble being cleared in New York as the cleanup from Superstorm Sandy continues. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

NEW YORK (AP) - The United Way of New York City is distributing $5 million in aid to communities affected by Superstorm Sandy.

The funds will go to organizations including child-care centers, soup kitchens and a volunteer fire association.

The funds collected from donors after Sandy struck on Oct. 29 will go to communities in seven states - Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and West Virginia.

A total of $9.6 million will be distributed in three phases. The first $5 million was announced Monday.

United Way of New York City CEO Sheena Wright said that four months after Sandy struck, the organization's focus is shifting from near-term to long-term needs.

She said funds will go to non-profit organizations such as soup kitchens and mental health agencies that provide services to people who were already struggling before the storm.

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