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Published October 30, 2012, 09:36 PM

Ways to help the victims of Superstorm Sandy

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- If you want to help Hurricane Sandy victims, you really only have two easy options. You can donate money, or blood, but not supplies.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- If you want to help Hurricane Sandy victims, you really only have two easy options. You can donate money, or blood, but not supplies.

Organizations use all the money to buy their own supplies. That way they're guaranteed to be clean and safe, especially those supplies in shelters.

Randy Schatz/Red Cross Volunteer: "Many came without a toothbrush, or without a couple of blankets."

That's Randy Schatz. He's a Red Cross Volunteer, and knows firsthand the desperate need for disaster aid on the east coast.

Schatz: "Some of the funding helps provides cots, so we have cots in a warehouse. If we need cots right away, we can get at em'."

Perhaps you've got it, and organizations need it - cold, hard cash. Even if it's a just few bucks. To help the Red Cross, grab your cell, and text Red Cross to 90999 for a 10 dollar donation.

The ELCA is accepting money too. Go to elca.org - and it's Disaster Response team will help victims get basic needs taken care of.

And the Salvation Army already has mobile food pantries out in the most affected areas. More information at salvationarmyusa.org

If you don't have a lot of change to spare, blood banks are low, and accepting all blood types.

Kilzer: " we are standing ready to make sure our blood supply is ample to help."

United Blood Services needs 500 donations a day just to keep up with regional demand. You can imagine how much more it'll need now.

Kilzer: "Between Thanksgiving and New Year those are typically a difficult time for us to get enough donors through the door."

We're attached links to all those sites on our website, wday.com. Remember, whether it's a blood, or dollar donation, every bit helps.

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