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Helping after Sandy

Tuesday morning as East Coast residents woke to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the pleas were already being made for blood donations, funds donations, and other ways for those of us who can to help our fellow Americans.

The Wall Street Journal has an article listing the ways people can help from the Red Cross to the ASPCA, to help with pets stranded during the storm.

Coming on the heels of one of the worst blood shortages ever, national leaders are urging donations to the American Red Cross, which collects funds and coordinates blood donations. The organization sheltered more than 3,000 people across nine states during the worst of the storm. You can donate $10 by phone by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999.

To schedule a blood donation, a search for blood drives by zip code shows several upcoming drives in the region over the next several days.

For more information about how to help, check out the National Service Blog from the Corporation for National and Community Service (serve.gov).

No doubt there will be more news over the coming months as the effects of this storm continue to ripple out.

Photo by Nasa Earth Observatory, Public Domain