Red Cross seeking donations for Sandy relief


The American Red Cross is seeking help in its response to Sandy, the superstorm that has left millions without power and flooded states like New York and New Jersey.

Thousands have spent evenings in hundreds of Red Cross shelters since the storm hit earlier this week, and the organization has mobilized 2,300 disaster networks and 200 emergency vehicles so far, according to a Red Cross press release.

“This response to Sandy is just getting started. The storm has left devastation in its wake and we will be helping people for weeks to come,” said Paula Rutledge, executive director of the Franklin County chapter.

The Red Cross is seeking donors for both cash and blood. Financial donations can be given by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767), or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 for a $10 donation. The Franklin County chapter, 318 Washington St., is also accepting donations for relief efforts.

Hundreds of Red Cross blood drives have also been cancelled as a result of Sandy, causing a loss of 11,000 blood products. The Red Cross asks those who are eligible to donate blood.

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