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Faces of Kansas City: Kansas Citians stepping up to help with Sandy relief

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© Many residents in the Breezy Point section of Queens have nothing left. Image Credit: Effie Nidam/CNN © Many residents in the Breezy Point section of Queens have nothing left. Image Credit: Effie Nidam/CNN
People donating blood at Tuesday's blood drive at the Legends People donating blood at Tuesday's blood drive at the Legends
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Right now there are dozens and dozens of Kansas Citians who are far from their homes and what they're doing should make all of us proud.

The images of the devastation on the East Coast have been flooding people's television screens for days now.

Superstorm Sandy will go down as one of America's worst natural disasters.

"This huge storm is still winding up and dropping rain and snowfall," said KCTV5 Chief Meteorologist Chris Suchan during storm coverage. 

Helping those victimized by the storm will be a monumental task, but thankfully there are people out there like Warren Okeson.

"Phil and I are prepared to stay in the unit if we have to," Okeson said.

Okeson and another volunteer left Kansas City earlier this week, driving what is basically an emergency room on wheels to the East Coast. He volunteers for Heart to Heart International and knows what to expect with the aftermath of a hurricane.

"Lots of stressed-out people. People really get stressed-out when they lose their homes," Okeson said.

There were also lots of people out at the Legends on Tuesday doing their part to help. Kansas Citians packed into a Red Cross blood drive to help strangers hundreds of miles away.

"I just the saw the news this morning and the images that were coming over," Kimberly Annis of Kansas City, MO, said.

People who've lost their homes need food and that's where the Kansas City nonprofit Operation Barbecue Relief comes in. The local meat masters who fed tornado victims in Joplin are now coordinating efforts to grill food for thousands of people up and down the East Coast.

With millions of people still without electricity, nearly 100 workers and volunteers with Kansas City Power & Light Co. are helping to restore power in New York and surrounding areas.

Local Red Cross volunteers are also doing their part. A team is on the East Coast now setting up shelters and providing supplies.

"More than 11,000 had to spend the night in a shelter last night on the East Coast in one of 250 Red Cross shelters," said Jamie Dierking with the local chapter of the American Red Cross in a Tuesday interview. "We'll be there until we're not needed anymore."

If you would like to help victims of Superstorm Sandy, click here for more information.

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