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American Red Cross fights to help earthquake victims

Laura Gill of GA Flint River Chapter Red Cross Laura Gill of GA Flint River Chapter Red Cross
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Days after a massive earthquake hit Nepal, relief efforts have been pouring in all over the world. Organizations such as the American Red Cross has pledged to help with the disaster and they're hoping people in southwest Georgia join their cause. 

The American Red Cross has worked side by side with the Nepal Red Cross since 1999 to train for earthquake disasters. Laura Gill, Executive Director of the Flint River chapter, says the relief efforts are going to go on for months and years to come. 

Millions have been affected, the death toll has grown to nearly 5,000 and thousands of others injured and homeless. In Kathmandu, the capital, homes have crumbled, the city is in shambles.

 Hospitals are overcrowded and are in desperate need of medical supplies, at least a million children need to be under a doctor's care. 

"{We have] pledged $300,000 right now to help the people of Nepal. And we have sent relief kits and that sort of thing and we are just going to have to assess what's going on in the future to see what kind of help these people are going to need," Gill said. 

Over a dozen nations have stepped in to aid but Nepal is still struggling. The American Red Cross is working to get more assistance through monetary donations. Gill believes every bit can make a difference in someone's life. 

 If you want to donate click here, or you can write out a check to your local American Red Cross center to disaster relief. 

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