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Donations To KWQC Disaster Relief Drive To Help Sandy Victims



     Supporting victims of super storm Sandy. The American Red Cross says this is one of its biggest disaster responses ever. Many Quad Citians are wondering how they can help and Friday at the KWQC broadcast center is one opportunity to do that.
    KWQC will act as a disaster donation center. You can drop off cash or check donations throughout the day. The American Red Cross hopes to see as many people contribute as possible because there's so many ways people are in need.
     Halfway across the country Quad Citians can feel the pain of people on the East coast.  "It's insane to see all the footage of all the water on the streets and the floods. I couldn't imagine," said Kody Schuckman who wants to donate to relief efforts.
     "I think people around the Quad Cities are generous. I do believe they'll do all they can to pitch in and help," said Brenda Melton of Milan.
     American Red Cross representatives say monetary contributions are the best way to do that. Money will help with shelter, food, and other materials like blankets. "They receive a comfort kit which would have soap, wash cloth, deodorant, comb when they enter the shelter," said Betsy Pratt, Regional Chapter Executive for the American Red Cross of the Quad Cities area.
     Providing shelter and assistance to a family of four takes about $150 a day. As of Wednesday night, there were more than 9,000 people staying in Red Cross shelters on the East coast. Volunteers also provide food to people throughout affected neighborhoods and emotional support.
     "You know people are really hurting," added Pratt.
     We've seen the QCA step up before, like in 2008 after hurricane Katrina. Hundreds gave what they could and it added up to tens of thousands of dollars. KWQC Vice President and General Manager Ken Freedman is hoping for the same response to support Sandy victims. "The cars line up all the way down the street and we need that. It would at all surprise me if our community is that generous again and will create a mini traffic jam here on Brady Street hill," said Freedman.
     The donation drive starts goes from 5 a.m. To 6:30 p.m. Friday. Checks need to be made out to the American Red Cross. Quad City Bank and Trust locations are also donation points or you can make a $10 donation by texting the word "redcross" to 90999. You can help people affected by all kinds of disasters by donating to the Red Cross.


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