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BOISE -- Several Idaho Red Cross Volunteers are heading to the East Coast to help deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

However, you don't have to travel across the country to help the victims. Natalie Podgorski talked to The Red Cross of Idaho yesterday.

The Red Cross says local donors in Idaho can make a big difference in the relief effort by donating money or blood. That's because more than 300 blood drives have been canceled on the East Coast due to the storm.

The Red Cross began transporting donated blood to the East Coast as soon as Sandy started heading that way.

There was enough blood to take care of people's needs after the storm. However, the Red Cross is worried that blood supplies could run low. Officials are asking donation centers around the country to boost blood donations so they can be in a position to send some of that to the East Coast.

The Idaho Red Cross has not been asked to send blood yet, but they want to be ready. Jane Stutzman with the American Red Cross in Idaho encourages potential donors to give. If they are currently scheduled for an appointment to give blood, whether that be within their community, within their business or organization, we really would encourage them to keep those appointments, Stutzman said.

Those who want to send money to the Red Cross can donate $10 easily by texting REDCROSS to 90999. That money goes into the organizations general fund.

Right now almost all of that money is going to relief efforts on the East Coast.

If you want to make sure your donation goes directly to help the victims of Sandy you can do that through the Red Cross website.

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