How to help Hurricane Sandy victims thorugh the Red Cross

How to Help

HOW TO HELP The response to Sandy is very large and very costly and the Red Cross needs the public's help now. People can make a financial donation by visiting , call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to someone's local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

GIVE BLOOD Hundreds of Red Cross blood drives have been cancelled due to the storm, representing a loss of thousands of blood and platelet products. The Red Cross is asking people who are eligible, especially in places not affected by the storm, to schedule a time to give blood in the days and weeks to come.

To schedule a donation time or get more information about giving blood, people can visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To give blood, someone must be at least 17 years of age, meet weight and height requirements and be in general good health. Donors should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID with them.

More info on volunteers sent

TOLEDO, OH, Thursday, November 8, 2012 - The American Red Cross has a huge relief response underway to Sandy, providing people across a number of states with a safe place to stay, food to eat and comfort during this difficult time.

More than 7,600 people spent the night in 110 shelters. So far the Red Cross has helped people in ten states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico affected by Sandy. We have:

• Served more than 3.3 million meals and snacks

• Provided more than 29,600 health services and emotional support contacts

• Handed out more than 124,500 relief items

• Since Sandy hit, response organizations have provided more than 117,600 shelter stays. The Red Cross has provided more than 63,000 of those stays.

• The entire fleet of American Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs), more than 320 in all, has been mobilized for this relief effort. Northwest Ohio's ERV left before Sandy made landfall.

Local volunteers Frances Amison and Pamela Schwartzkopf will leave for New Jersey tomorrow to provide support as caseworkers to connect clients to resources and referrals in North New Jersey. Volunteer Gary Betway returned to the area on Wednesday. A listing of local volunteers deployed to date and their chapter of affiliation is below.

"This response to Sandy is our largest operation since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The storm has left devastation in its wake and we will be helping people for weeks to come," said Tim Yenrick, Regional CEO for the American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio. "This will be very costly and the Red Cross needs help now. We ask everyone to support us as we help people recover from this massive storm."