Red Cross seeks volunteers in wake of Sandy - WKRN News 2

Red Cross seeks volunteers in wake of Sandy


Millions of hurricane victims are staying at American Red Cross shelters and are still without power as of Wednesday.

In an effort to help, the Red Cross is asking for Tennessean's donations and support to help the victims of Sandy.

Twelve to 15 volunteers are traveling to the east coast Wednesday in addition to 15 who left over the weekend to help Hurricane Sandy victims.

The volunteers plan to position themselves in areas hit the hardest.

The Web site for the town of Tinton Falls in New Jersey stated 6,000 residents there don't have power, which is similar to a majority of the area.

Power companies are projecting outages for up to 10 days.

Jennifer Robins, a Red Cross volunteer, left Saturday to help the victims, but had to stop Tuesday night due to bad weather.

"I'm trying to get that adrenaline pumping because we know that we're going to be working a lot, but at the same time [I'm trying] to prepare myself mentally for it," she said.

Robins expects to make it to her destination in New York on Wednesday.

Robins told Nashville's News 2 they plan to hand out meals and other supplies while they are in the area.

"Their food will have spoiled by the time they'll want to eat it, and so we'll do what we call mobile feeding, where we'll go through the community and hand out meals," she explained.

In addition to supplies and water, the Red Cross needs more blood.

Hurricane Sandy forced cancellations of over 100 blood drives in 11 states.

To schedule an appointment to donate blood, visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Donors can also text "RED CROSS" to 90999 to donate $10.

Click here for a complete list of organizations working to provide assistance to victims of Hurricane Sandy.

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