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Red Cross needs more donations in wake of Sandy

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Millions of people are still struggling to get by four days after one of the costliest hurricanes in history hit the east coast, but they are getting help from thousands of Red Cross volunteers.

Plus, many generous South Georgians are helping with the relief effort.

On Friday Night, some of the biggest names in the music business performed in a live telethon on NBC to raise money for Superstorm Sandy relief.

Many South Georgians are donating to that relief effort.  Money poured into the Flint River American Red Cross Chapter in Albany this week.

Red Cross officials say more is needed.

"This is going to be a very long and very costly operation. We have to get our volunteers there and we have to feed these people and help them out," said Executive Director Lara Gill.

Four days after the storm, work continues around the clock, but millions of residents are still without power, water and a place to live as search and rescue operations continue in places such as Staten Island.

Last night, the Red Cross sheltered nearly 6,800 people in almost 100 shelters in 9 states.

Nearly 4,000 Red Cross volunteers have served more than 215,000 meals.

The best way you can help is to make a financial donation.

"It provides them with all sorts of things like the clean up kits and the disaster supply kits but it also funds our people to be able to get them and help them," said Gill.

It will take a while before we know exactly how much damage Sandy caused, but experts are already estimated this will be one of the costly hurricanes ever, so every donation counts.

The New York City Marathon was scheduled to go on Sunday, but after fierce criticism, the decision was made late Friday to postpone it.

Click here to donate to the American Red Cross.

 

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