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Local Organizations Advising People How to Donate to Disaster Effort


After watching the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, many of us are anxious to help.

But local organizations say HOW you give makes a huge difference.

Jeanie Rempfer donates blood platelets every month.

"We had a niece that had cancer, and she used a lot of platelets, and when I was told I had a high platelet count they asked if I would give it a try so I did."

But this month - Red Cross workers say her timing for donating is perfect. Due to Hurricane Sandy, approximately 300 blood drives have been canceled along the east coast - and that's resulted in a shortfall of nearly nine thousand units of blood and platelets so far.

"What it means is that even though we're going through this disaster, we still have patients in need, in desperate need of these blood products - locally, regionally, nationally, and especially on the East coast," said Red Cross Donor REcruitment Representative Beth Forbes.  

Quincy's Salvation Army is also helping with relief efforts. But Major Dan Jennings says - financial donations are best.

"The thing that we really need to do is not send any things, no stuff, there's just no place to store it," he says.

Major Jennings says that's because many people are displaced right now so they do not have the space for items like extra clothing or cases of water. And he says financial donations can cover a variety of needs

"That will help the agencies be more effective, and it will also ultimately help the people more."

And for Rempfer....after seeing footage of Sandy's devastating effects, she hopes she's able to help someone through giving.

"It's just so devastating, to think about all of those people who are displaced or who have lost loved ones."

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