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Red Cross: Donations needed to help storm victims

Melissa Topey • Nov 4, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Ron Rude, director of the Firelands chapter of the American Red Cross, said the agency needs cash donations in the wake Hurricane Sandy's devastation on the East Coast.

"The need is great right now," Rude said. "Donations will be used in response for Hurricane Sandy, which includes this area of Ohio."

Volunteers at the Firelands chapter have helped manage three shelters in Cleveland, Lorain and Avon Lake.

"Thousands were without power," Rude said.

Collectively, local Red Cross chapters opened five shelters, as well as daytime warming shelters to help about 700 people. Hardest hit was the metro Cleveland area, with Lorain and Avon Lake slammed hard by winds and rain.

Residents across the East Coast are clearly in dire need. Thousands of people were put up in more than 120 shelters along the East Coast, Rude said.

Thousands of meals and snacks were served to people staying at the shelters.

"We ask everyone to support us as we help people recover from this massive storm," Rude said.

To donate, go to redcross.org or call 1-800-733-2767, or text "Red Cross" to 90999 and make a $10 donation. Also, donations can be mailed to The American Red cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013, or to Firelands Chapter of the American Red Cross, 300 Central Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870.

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