LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) --
The American Red Cross, NV Energy, businesses and individuals are expanding their efforts this weekend to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy.
The local chapter of the Red Cross will send its disaster director, Jeff Brewer, to White Plains, N.Y., on a Monday morning flight to help with the effort. He will be the 15th local staffer or volunteer to be deployed to the East Coast after Monday's storm hit the most populated part of the country. Several Red Cross vehicles have been sent from Las Vegas to the affected area.
A blood drive for the Red Cross was held Sunday at Palm Mortuary on West Cheyenne. It was held by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. Another blood drive will be held Monday at Lowe's on Boulder Highway and another will be held at Lowe's on East Charleston. Both drives will run from noon to 4 p.m.
Every type of blood is needed, especially O negative, the blood that can be given to all needing blood. The Red Cross has had to cancel more than 300 blood drives on the East Coast, causing a shortage of nearly 9,000 blood and platelet donations.
NV Energy will sent two Las Vegas-based crews and their trucks as well as a northern Nevada crew and its equipment to assist the Long Island Power Authority as it tries to restore power to nearly a million customers. The crews and equipment will be airlifted Monday morning from Nellis Air Force Base via heavy airlift planes. A total of seven trucks and 11 people will be transported.
The power authority has sustained a million power outages in its service area. It has 1.1 million customers in New York and is the second-largest municipal electric utility in terms of revenues, third-largest in customers served and seventh-largest in terms of electricity delivered.
Many neighborhoods and communities in New York, New Jersey and other states have suffered nearly total destruction from the hurricane. More than 110 people have lost their lives. Another cold front early this week is expected to cause problems for the recovery.
Monetary donations can be made at redcross.org
Several Las Vegas businesses and individuals are also organizing drives for money, food, clothing and needed items.
-- Food4Less is collecting cash at its Las Vegas stories through Nov. 10.
-- Barrett & Co. at 2885 S. Jones Blvd. is collecting donations of food, clothing, personal care and everyday items. Donations can be dropped off at that location or you can call (702) 252-7100.
-- Richard Johnson of Henderson is also starting a drive to make what he hopes will be a massive shipment before Thanksgiving. He can be contacted at (206) 902-0523. His effort is based out of McDonald's Ranch.
-- Mark Rich's New York Pizza And Pasta, 7930 W. Tropical Parkway, Suite 130, Las Vegas, NV, 89149, located in the parking lot directly across from Walmart, is taking donations for the Red Cross.