Using Patch, its network of local digital publications,  AOL organized some 500 employees to purchase and deliver needed supplies to towns in New Jersey and New York impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Jon Brod, CEO and co-founder of Patch explains how editors of impacted localities sent lists of needed supplies to AOL management which were they purchased by the company, by its employees in Baltimore and Dulles, Virginia on Sunday, and organized for shipment north on 18-wheelers.

The supplies are being distributed today.

The giant storm has driven record traffic to Patch.

Andy Plesser