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Ark-La-Tex pitches in to help Sandy victims

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SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

A week after Hurricane Sandy hit the East coast, Ark-La-Tex residents are pitching in to help the storm's victims in several ways.

We caught up with Red Cross volunteer Jean Lanier on Sunday night as she packed to get ready to help Sandy victims. When she got to New York on Monday afternoon she immediately felt the effects of the storm as she tried to get to the red cross station there for orientation.

"Had trouble getting there because of road closures due to down trees and power lines, so we made a lot of detours," said Lanier.

When she finally did make it to the Red Cross center she found out she would volunteer as a case worker in New York City.

"There are still a lot of areas that have no power. We've got a cold front coming in. There people are cold. There's still 10-15,000 people in shelters," said Lanier.

At Airline High School in Bossier City, those who can't go to the Northeast to volunteer are collecting clothes, canned food, and water. They've filled 3/4 of a trailer with supplies, and hope to fill the rest of it by Thursday. 

In Shreveport, Sun Rise Baptist Church took time to pray for the victims of Sandy during an election prayer rally.

"We are praying that God will give them guidance. We are praying that they'll have a calmness, a peace," said pastor R.L. Moore Sr.

Whether it's time, supplies, or prayer Lanier says it's all needed, "This is so wide spread, and the population is so dense. That's why it's taking so many service people to react to the storm."

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