Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts, who remains on medical leave following a bone marrow transplant, shared a video message with viewers on Monday.
"It was so difficult for me to follow doctor's orders and stay here at home last week," Roberts said in the short video. "Like so many I felt helpless watching all those people, all those families, impacted by Sandy."
As the more than three minute video plays on, Roberts encourages viewers to make a donation to the American Red Cross in an effort to assist with hurricane relief.
"Please give whatever you can, any amount is greatly appreciated. If you can't make a donation, please consider giving in other ways - your time, volunteering, taking a moment to say a prayer, sending positive energy, positive thoughts to all those that have been affected by Sandy. Let them know we care by giving whatever we can," she said.
Roberts' home state of Mississippi was heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
To watch Roberts complete video message, visit ABCNews.com.
Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant at the end of September. It remains unclear when she will return to the morning news show. *ABC News contributed to this report.