How to Help Superstorm Sandy Victims; Money and Blood Donations Needed Now

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As the Northeast continues to feel the severe impacts of Superstorm Sandy, the rest of the country is already jumping in to help. Not only is money needed to help fund relief efforts already underway, the American Red Cross is also putting out a national call for blood donations to make up for nearly 300 cancelled drives in 11 affected states. Use the links below to donate, or find out more information.

To donate to relief efforts:

  • American Red Cross – Visit www.redcross.org to make a direct donation, or text the word “Redcross” to 90999 to donate $10. Craigslist founder Craig Newmark is offering a matching opportunity. He will match any donations to the Red Cross through his Crowdrise fundraising page, up to $25,000. Crowdrise takes 4.95 percent of donations to help fund its operating costs; 100 percent of the donation is tax deductible.
  • Salvation Army – The organization is accepting donations to fund its disaster relief efforts. Volunteers are feeding thousands and operating shelters throughout the region. Visit www.salvationarmyusa.org to donate.
  • Feeding America – The group is distributing thousands of pounds of food and fresh water through a network of food banks throughout the Northeast. Find out more at feedingamerica.org.
  • UPDATE – Presbyterian Disaster Assistance – Since this story was first posted, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance set up a way to donate $10 via texting: text “PDA” to 20222. Or donate online at the PDA website.

American Red Cross blood drives in the San Francisco Bay Area over the next week:

  • San Jose Blood Donation Center, 2731 N. First St., San Jose, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Nov. 2, 3, and 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Newark Blood Donation Center, 39227 Cedar Blvd., Newark, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, Nov. 1, 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Nov. 2, 3, and 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Contra Costa Blood Donation Center, 140 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Nov. 2, 3, and 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Pleasanton Blood Donation Center, 5556-B Springdale Ave., Pleasanton, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Nov. 2, 3, and 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • West Valley College, AAS Building, 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Oct. 31, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more locations and information, see the American Red Cross blood donation site. 

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