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PLATTSMOUTH - Cass County residents wanting to help those in the path of Hurricane Florence on the East Coast should send money, according to a county official.

“We recommend financial donations,” said Roseann Dobesh-Degraff, spokeswoman for the county’s Emergency Management office. “It will get people what they really need.”

People should donate through the American Red Cross or Salvation Army, Dobesh-Degraff said.

A Salvation Army spokeswoman agreed on the need for those kinds of donations.

“It provides supplies quickly,” said Rachelle Lipker from the agency’s Grand Island office. “It will take a lot of money and time to recover.”

People should also consider giving blood and even becoming a Red Cross volunteer, Lipker said.

 Almost three dozen volunteers from Nebraska and Kansas have left for the impacted area, she added.

People can donate online at redcross.org or disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

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