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Nov 3, 2012 12:30 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Southern Arizona Red Cross helps Sandy victims

TUCSON - The Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross is helping Hurricane Sandy victims.

They are sending 4 volunteers in 2 emergency relief vehicles.

"If the Red Cross wasn't coming, who else would you call," local Red Cross CEO Richard White said. "Our volunteers are the ones who are available on a moment's notice to get up in the middle of the night."

The vast majority of the work the local Red Cross does involves Southern Arizona victims of fires and floods.

Marcia Croasdale has been a volunteer for more than a year in Tucson. She is on her way to New York. It is her first opportunity with a major disaster.

"It's kind of exciting that you get to go to help other people," Croasdale said. "At the same time, you have real mixed feelings because of the disaster and the problems that they're going through."

She will be gone at least 2 weeks.

They will provide food, water, shelter and medical help to victims.

NBC held a telethon Friday night to raise money for the Red Cross relief.

The Tucson office on Broadway Boulevard also set up a phone bank to take calls. They received 98 donations totaling $5,672.

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