DAYTON (WDTN) - You have most likely seen the images, flooded city streets, wind battered buildings and in the middle of it all, millions of helpless victims.
It's a helpless feeling for a lot of folks here in the Dayton area, but it doesn't have to be.
Patty Hiatt -Peer with our local Red Cross said you can make a big difference without going to the disaster zone.
"There might be somebody who needs lumber to cover a broken window, somebody else might needs food, someone else might need medicine," explained Hiatt-Peer. "So, really the best way we can help them is through a monetary donation".
And because 91 cents from every dollar donated goes directly to help victims, your money is guaranteed to go to good use.
However, I you would rather buy supplies, 2 NEWS also found some local organizations that are currently collecting.
Laura Cremeans is the co-director of the Churches of Christ Disaster Response team, an organization made-up of more than 900 volunteers from all over the country.
Cremeans told 2 NEWS even though they're used to responding to Hurricane zones, Sandy is creating some additional challenges.
"One of the differences I see right now, is this is in the Northeast," said Cremeans. "So, a lot of supplies we bring in, specifically clothing, are going to need to be winter clothing".
Other items needed include cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products, baby supplies and school supplies.
Cremeans said as soon as they get everything together a team will head out.
"We do get tired sometimes and it's remembering the people as they come and the thanks that we get," said Cremeans. "That really keeps us going".
If you would like to donate to the Churches of Christ Disaster Response you can drop off items to 9285 State Route 202 in Tipp City, now through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
You can also make a $10 donation to the Red Cross, just text "red cross" to 90999.
Riverside residents met with the Ohio EPA and Ohio Department of Health after concerns of toxic chemicals could be polluting their homes.
The Darke County Sheriff's Office was busy responding to several weather-related crashes Tuesday night. Deputies say many of the main roads are clear but most of the secondary streets are caked in ice and snow.
2 NEWS has confirmed Deb Piotrowski will leave her position with Xenia Community Schools.
Bobby Smith, 20, of Miami Township was found dead in front of an apartment building in the 1300 block of Camphill Way around 12:15 a.m.
A plan to build a $22-million dollar sports complex next door to the new music center was approved at Tuesday night's Huber Heights City Planning Commission meeting.