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Southeastern WI Red Cross over budget, seeking donations

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- The American Red Cross says with recent local fires and Colorado flooding, on top of the continuing efforts for Hurricane Sandy, they are over budget -- but they're not going to stop helping.

"We get it done but it's not always easy," said CEO Patty Flowers.

The Southeastern Wisconsin Red Cross recently responded to a Kenosha County fire that displaced 33 people, an apartment building porch collapse in Milwaukee, and the devastating flooding in Colorado.

Resources for the organization are running low.

"My cupboards are looking a little bare right now," said Flowers. "The best way people can help us is by cash donations because we have certain things that we keep in stock."

The money allows the Red Cross to buy items such as clothing, diapers, eye glasses, and medication for people needing assistance.

"I don't need things from people. I need to go and purchase these things, and that would help us immensely," said Flowers.

With so many situations occurring at the same time, Flowers says she hopes things will quiet down, but doesn't necessarily expect them to.

"We're kind of geared up to this weird time -- the weird weather patterns, the weird other thing that are happening in the world -- we're just realizing that's kind of our normal now," Flowers said.

The cost for the 17 volunteers the Red Cross has sent from Wisconsin to Colorado is $6.2 million and so far they've only raised $3 million in donations.

CLICK HERE if you would like to donate to the American Red Cross.

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