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Blood donations, financial support sought to aid hurricane victims

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The American Red Cross is conducting a massive relief response to Hurricane Sandy, providing people across a number of states with a safe place to stay and food to eat.

The storm has caused the cancellation of hundreds of American Red Cross blood drives, resulting in a loss of as many as 11,000 blood products.

To help hurricane victims, local residents can donate at blood drives slated for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Bellefontaine Kroger store or from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 19 at the First United Methodist Church in Bellefontaine, or schedule a time to donate at their convenience by calling (800) 733-2767.

People also can make a financial donation by calling the aforementioned phone number, visiting www.redcross.org, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Contributions also may be sent to: The American Red Cross of Logan County, 105 N. Detroit St., West Liberty, OH 43357. Designate any contributions to “Hurricane Sandy.”

Since the storm began, thousands of people have spent the night in hundreds of Red Cross shelters. The Red Cross already served more than 100,800 meals and snacks and mobilized more than 2,300 disaster workers and almost 200 emergency vehicles so far and more are being deployed.

“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,” Sheri Timmers, Logan County director, said in a release.

“The Red Cross needs help now. This will be a very costly recovery. You can support us as we help people recover from this massive storm.”

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