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Red Cross in need of donations

Red Cross in need of donations

Despite a large donation from National Grid, the Red Cross, which has provided more than 8,000 meals

Despite a large donation from National Grid, the Red Cross, which has provided more than 8,000 meals since the ice storm, needs donations so it can respond to emergencies through year’s end, officials said Thursday.

No estimates are available on the costs as a result of aid provided during the storm, but officials said Red Cross’ resources are depleted and the problem is made worse because the economy is weak and donations were already down for this holiday season.

“We are very much in need of financial donations so we can respond to fires, basement floods and broken pipes in the community that happen year round,” said Siobhan Kent, spokeswoman at the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York.

The Red Cross is providing financial aid and housing to seven people who were displaced after a fire Tuesday on Brandt Street in Schenectady. These are the events that don’t always make the news but are no less devastating to the families affected, Kent said.

National Grid donated $100,000 to be doled out among five Red Cross chapters after last week’s ice storm, and the money was used to open 22 shelters around the Capital Region. “While this may sound like a lot of money it doesn’t cover all the costs from the storm,” Kent said. Expenses include set-up, shelters, food and transportation.

As of Thursday, the Red Cross of Northeastern New York had provided 8,327 meals and 530 comfort kits to individuals affected by the ice storm.

To donate, call 458-8111 or visit the Web site redcrossneny.org.

Donations can be mailed to Red Cross, 33 Everett Road, Albany, NY 12205.

To contribute to the Adirondack Saratoga Chapter of the Red Cross, call 792-6545.

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