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Local Red Cross volunteer describes damage he witnessed downstate

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BUFFALO -- For the last two weeks, Getzville native Marty Doster has been driving an American Red Cross truck through areas devastated by Superstorm Sandy. He told YNN's Jon Dougherty by phone it's like a scene out of a movie.

"Whole sand dunes were moved in one or two blocks," Doster said. "I saw cars buried in sand. Houses were buried in sand like a snowdrift in Buffalo."

Doster, a volunteer with the Buffalo Red Cross, has delivered thousands of meals and supplies to the victims. He said it's not the damage that has bothered him, but seeing those affected.

"It really is an eye opener to see the destruction that occurred and the tragedy that people are facing," Doster said.

Doster is one of more than 5,000 American Red Cross volunteers that are helping in several states with everything from sheltering and providing meals to mental health assistance.

Monday, the Buffalo Chapter of the American Red Cross deployed four more volunteers downstate. That brings their total to more than 40 so far.

Communication Coordinator Jay Bonafede said, "It's as big as any of them that we've done and we're not done yet. Who knows if more people will be needed."

Bonafede was deployed Monday. He'll spend the next two weeks downstate helping with public affairs work. It's his first deployment.

"I've been on the other side of it and have talked to some of the volunteers as they've come back,"Bonafede said. "I've written about it and told their stories, and helped them to tell their story. Now I'm looking forward to doing it myself."

The American Red Cross is still looking for donations. They say the best way to give now is with money and blood.

For more information on how to donate go to www.redcross.org .

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