SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – All day Monday, ABC40 will be teaming up with the Disney/ABC Television Group for a “Day of Giving.”
Hurricane Sandy devastated so many portions of the northeast, and the American Red Cross is working hard, day and night, to get help to where it’s needed.
ABC40 News will partnering with the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross to discuss how people in the Pioneer Valley can help make a difference right now.
Throughout the day, programs on ABC and ESPN will also discuss what is needed now, and how you can contribute.
Good Morning America will kick off the national portion of the day, with their entire 8:00 a.m. hour devoted to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
Other programs throughout the day, including The View, The Chew, Katie, World News with Diane Sawyer, and Dancing with the Stars will also highlight the ongoing relief efforts and how you can help.
A who’s who of personalities from ABC news and ABC programs were up bright and early to answer phones and take pledges from people all over the country, all looking to, in some way, help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
They included ABC Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser, who says, “Person after person kept saying, today we’re Americans we’re coming together, we’re helping others. That’s what matters.”
At one time, Dr. Besser handled emergency preparedness and response for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He says while Sandy’s victims do need the day to day essentials, cash donations are needed now.
“Sometimes you would see recovery sites that were just inundated with cans and with piles of clothing and that would have to be sorted and figured out. Giving dollars, if you can do that, is a very effective way to help people and ensure the money’s used for those things that are most needed, :” says Besser.
The last thing people along the coast in New Jersey and New York need right now, is more bad weather. But they’re going to get it, as a Nor’easter barrels up the coast late Wednesday into Thursday. Besser adds, “Many of these areas that have been hit with Hurricane Sandy are now going to get more wind, more rain and colder temperatures and that puts people at risk for their health. “
And that, says Dr. Besser, puts many people at risk for hypothermia.
You can donate to the American Red Cross through one of three ways:
Online: Visit www.redcross.org/abc
Phone: Call 1-800-HELP NOW
Text: Text the word ABC to 90999 to make a $10 donation
Also, because of the storm, hundreds of Red Cross blood drives were cancelled, and more cancellations are expected. These closures mean a loss of as many as 9,000 platelet and blood products. If you are eligible, please consider donating blood. You can visit www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment today.