(WBNG Binghamton) What's the best way to help in relief efforts? The American Red Cross says money.
The Red Cross says monetary donations are what is needed right now. The money collected is used to purchase necessary supplies for those hardest hit areas.
"I think if they donate money we can send it directly to the Red Cross National and they can purchase the things that are absolutely necessary. They know the exact needs for each area. That way there is not waste and the money is going to directly to where it is needed," said Shelley Bierwiler, Southern Tier chapter of the American Red Cross.
There's several ways to donate, you can text Red Cross to 90999 and $10.00 will be donated for disaster response. You can Click here or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
If you have a surplus of supplies you bought for Sandy and didn't need them, the American Red Cross suggests keeping them for future events. If you want to donate, it suggests taking them to your local Salvation Army.
Three volunteers from the Southern Tier are on their way south and east of us to help out. Over the next 24 hours, Bierwiler says more will be going. She says the biggest need right now is sheltering and as the waters recede, disaster assessment and food will also be priority.