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Local Donors Give Blood To Aid Sandy Victims

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Chesterfield, VA—People here in Central Virginia can help the victims of superstorm Sandy by donating blood.

The Manchester Volunteer Rescue Squad is teaming up with the American Red Cross to get more blood to Sandy's victims. Because of the storm, more than 300 blood drives had to be canceled in the northeast; this means up to 3900 potential units of blood were not collected.

Sandy created a unique need for blood in the northeast region, as well. "Blood gets forgotten," says Kimberly Thomas of the American Red Cross. "Those areas [will] get the blood where it's needed."

On Sunday, at least 40 people came to a blood drive on Winterpock Road in Chesterfield County. Audra Smith has donated blood before, and says this is a critical time to help those in need. "It feels good," she said. "I donated today, and helped 3 to 6 people."

To learn more on how you can help Sandy victims by donating blood, please visit here.

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