Day of Giving

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By Kierstin Sieser on November 5, 2012, 2:30pm Last modified: November 6, 2012, 9:42am

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In the wake of super storm Sandy many concerned Connecticut residents are wondering what they can do to help.  NEWS 8 as a station was asking the same question.  Therefore today NEWS 8, along with many other ABC affiliates, will be participating in the Disney/ABC Day of Giving.

People can participate in a couple ways where we hope the impact will be felt the most.

The American Red Cross has done a tremendous job thus far making sure shelters are staffed with volunteers and supplies as well as handing out water and meals. Yet there is still so much work to be done and this effort  is pretty huge and costly. Every donation makes a vital difference...if you are willing and able to make a financial contribution please  visit  , call  the CT Red Cross at (877) 287-3327 or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Hundreds of Red Cross blood drives were canceled due to the storm, and more are expected due to power outages. This represents a loss of as many as 9,000 blood and platelet products. The Red Cross is also asking people who are eligible to give blood especially in places not affected by the storm.  To schedule a blood donation now, visit  to make an appointment today. If you are nervous or have any reservations watch how easy our own Anne Criag made it look.

The other way we are asking people to help is to donate to our virtual food drive for the CT Food Bank.  There are so many families and individuals in CT that lack the financial resources to simply restock their fridges after these extended power outages.  Closed schools have also impacted children who may be getting their most balanced meals from school breakfast and lunch programs. Lastly so many smaller food pantries and food banks affected by Sandy are depending on the CT Food Bank to re-stock their shelves. 

Also if you or someone you know is struggling in the aftermath of Sandy please don't hesitate to reach out to these organizations as well; they are here to help.

It is times like these we all depend on one another or in the words of Charles Dickens “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”



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Kierstin Sieser

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