Area nonprofits rush to help out Hurricane Sandy's victims - KCTV5 News

Area nonprofits rush to help out Hurricane Sandy's victims

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Heart to Heart International and the American Red Cross of Greater Kansas City are among local nonprofit organizations helping Hurricane Sandy victims.

A blood shortage on the East Coast means the Red Cross is asking Kansas City area residents to donate blood and provide financial donations. Hospital patients still need blood and platelets despite the weather.

Two blood drives are scheduled for Tuesday at the Legends 14 Theatres in KCK from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Fireman's Union Hall in Lee's Summit from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, click here.

Heart to Heart is sending in its mobile unit to help offer emergency medical services. This is especially crucial on the East Coast with so many clinics and family practices shuttering their offices because of the storm.

"It's got three exam rooms and a fully functioning pharmacy," said Pete Brumbaugh, vice president for Heart to Heart. "It's got satellite TV, radio and internet. If weather knocks out all cell towers, we can still get communication."

It also contains a toilet, shower, washer, dryer and oven.

The mobile unit is headed to Philadelphia to help out those affected by this unprecedented superstorm. The trip could take two days.

Warren Okeson is one of two volunteers making the journey. He said he knows he will see many stressed-out residents, but hopes the aid can provide some measure of comfort during a terrible time.

Heart to Heart is seeking hygiene "care kits" including soap, toothbrushes and wash clothes. For more information, click here.

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