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Tampa Bay Red Cross seeks money for typhoon victims

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The Red Cross is seeking monetary donations to help victims of Typhoon Hayian. The Red Cross is seeking monetary donations to help victims of Typhoon Hayian.

The Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross is seeking monetary donations to help the victims of Typhoon Hayian in the Philippines.

"The main thing you can do is to give a financial donation, that way we can get that money over into the area quicker, we're not going to have to pay for shipping for anything that's donated, such as items, "said Janet McGuire with the Red Cross.

McGuire says the easiest way to donate is log onto Redcross.org where you can earmark your donation for Typhoon Relief, or you can donate to your local chapter.

Related: more about Typhoon Hayian

The Red Cross says 91 cents out of every dollar goes directly to disaster relief. "And the rest of it is going to be used just for overhead types of things," said McGuire. "But if you look at any of the reports of the non-profit organizations, that's extremely high."

McGuire says the agency has fielded a number of calls from folks wanting to donate household items, clothing and shoes. She says in a situation such as this, that simply does not work.

"It costs so much money to send things over there, then we have to pull volunteers out to sort shoes?" said McGuire. "And a lot of times it's just stuff that's going to create another disaster within a disaster. Because it piles up, it starts to get moldy, and it just doesn't work."

If you don't have access to a computer, you can also phone in a donation by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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