Ways to help Superstorm Sandy victims without spending a dime

CREATED Oct 31, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - More than 300 blood drives have been canceled on the East Coast because of Superstorm Sandy, making the need for Wisconsin blood drives even greater.

"It's devastating, the loss of the blood drives and those units that we haven't been able to collect, it affects everybody and this will really help out on the East Coast," Red Cross Collection Specialist, Audrey Stradinger, tells TODAY'S TMJ4's Jesse Ritka.

Donors flocked to the blood drive at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design because of the need.  "On top of the fact that I'm saving lives, what really pushed me to do this today was Hurricane Sandy," Junior Victoria Segura explains.

The storm stopped more than 9,000 blood and platelet donations, so the Red Cross is asking for volunteers here in Wisconsin.  "Every unit counts, that one bag will save three lives.  Everything that's left over here will get shipped over there and help out those sick, dying people," Stradinger explains.

And people like Segura are stepping up to the call, "It costs me a little bit of blood but I can regenerate it, it helps everybody else so why not do it?"

Click here to find a blood drive in your area.