How you can help the Red Cross with Superstorm Sandy

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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Superstorm Sandy is traveling across the eastern part of the country with powerful force.

Torrential rains, flooding, strong winds and even snow is creating states of emergencies in several states, and is leaving some of us in Minnesota wondering what we can do to help.

Nearly 11,000 people spent Monday night in 258 Red Cross shelters in 16 states - New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Indiana, Michigan.

Carrie Carlson with the American Red Cross visited KARE 11 Sunrise to talk about the needs of the Red Cross at this time of crisis.

Make a financial donation

This will be a large and costly relief response and financial donations are needed to help those affected by the storm. 

  • Text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation
  • Donate over the phone by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.
  • Donate online at the Red Cross website

Donate blood

  • 300+ blood drives have been cancelled on the east coast due to the storm, equaling more than 9,000 units of blood
  • People in unaffected areas are encouraged to donate blood if they can
  • To schedule a blood donation or get more information about giving blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
  • Visit the local Red Cross website for a list of upcoming blood drives.

 

Download the Red Cross Hurricane App 

  • Allows you to monitor weather/emergency alerts for locations of family & friends
  • Can make donations from the app
  • Free to download
  • A suggestion for people in the affected area (can search for shelters, has flashlight capabilities, etc.)

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