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Posted: Nov 9, 2012 6:44 PM

Updated: Nov 9, 2012 7:11 PM

WESLACO - Red Cross workers in the Rio Grande Valley say monetary donations have a big impact in storm relief operations in the East Coast.

"It's important because we're run by volunteers ... we're not a government agency, we're a non-profit agency," Red Cross of South Texas Emergency Services Specialist Janet Martinez said.

The agency has simplified donations by setting up electronic contribution options.

"We actually have a disaster relief account. So when you see ‘donate' it is automatic ... as soon as you press or as soon as you text the RED CROSS to that 9099 number, it automatically goes into that account for Hurricane Sandy," Martinez said.

She said donations are spent almost as soon as they get them.

"We're spending money everyday, so everyday somebody else's money is going into that, helping that person in the Northeast," she said.

She said 91 cents of every dollar go directly to relief efforts. Only 9 cents go to administration, to pay a handful of employees.

More than $117 million have been donated since Hurricane Sandy struck. The money pays for shelter, food, water and transportation for victims at volunteers on the scene, Martinez said.

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