Monday, August 29, 2011

Doing our part

Hurricane and Tropical Storm Irene left her mark along the East Coast of the United States, and the Red Cross has now launched a relief effort to help the millions of people without power as well as those affected by the major damage to roads and other infrastructure from flooding.  It could take days, and even weeks to restore power and assess the possible billions of dollars of damage this storm has caused, and your help is needed. If you would like to get involved and help communities across the country you can:

Photo courtesy of photographer:
Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT/Getty Images
Volunteer: Become a volunteer with the Red Cross and get trained so that during the next disaster you’ll be prepared and ready to help out.  Click here to learn more about volunteering, or call Christine Petre, at 716-878-2140, to learn more about volunteering in Erie and Niagara counties. 

Donate funds: Since we are not currently taking donations of food or clothing, money is the most immediate and direct way you can help.  Click here to make a donation to the Red Cross’ disaster relief fund or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10.00 to relief efforts.

Donate blood: Because of the inclement weather and lasting effects of the hurricane and tropical storm, blood drives have been cancelled up and down the East Coast.  By donating you can ensure the stability of our blood supply.  Click here to make an appointment. 

To learn more about how we’re helping aid communities after this disaster, click here to visit the Red Cross online. 

To learn more about how you can help, you can call us at 716-886-7500 or visit us online

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