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Mississippi region of Red Cross sending support to East Coast

Red Cross volunteers register shelter residents Madeline McNamara (left) of Ventnor, N.J, and the family of Stan and Rebecca Scott of Pleasantville N.J., and their son Peter Ramirez (standing). Red Cross volunteers register shelter residents Madeline McNamara (left) of Ventnor, N.J, and the family of Stan and Rebecca Scott of Pleasantville N.J., and their son Peter Ramirez (standing).
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

Today the Mississippi Region of the American Red Cross sent six emergency response vehicles and 27 people to Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York as Hurricane Sandy nears the East Coast.

Red Cross workers will be providing mass care, feeding, sheltering, logistics and client casework.

"We are always ready to help in other states just like they helped us recently with Hurricane Isaac. This will be a large, costly relief response and we need help now," Sandra Hodge, CEO, Mississippi Region said. "People can help by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief online, by text or by phone."

According to Red Cross officials, the powerful storm could affect as many as 60 million people in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Red Cross workers from throughout the U.S. are preparing to provide help to people in the path of the hurricane.

Donations help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy. To donate, people can visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to someone's local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

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