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Summer is a rough time for blood donations, says the American Red Cross's Steve Mavika, because people are on vacation and there aren't any school-based blood drives going on.
The Dominion Virginia Power company sent 1,500 of its workers to New Jersey on Friday morning to help fellow utility companies up north after the company restored power to its last batch of Virginia customers.
Hurricane Sandy has caused a blood supply shortage after dozens of blood drives were canceled because of the storm.
The manager of a Cumberland rescue mission says it will be closed for at least three months after strong winds ripped the roof off the building.
As many as 80 residents in Prince George's County, whose homes were damaged in Friday night's storm, have been forced into shelter at Bladensburg High School.
Following an unprecedented year of disaster both nationally and in the D.C. area, the American Red Cross is itself looking for relief through increased financial help.