Cash-strapped LI Red Cross asking for help

The Red Cross is usually the first one to help when disaster strikes, but now it is asking Long Islanders to give them a helping hand.

Sam Kille, of the Nassau Red Cross, says donations are down by 30 percent, yet the number of those who are seeking assistance has increased.

"That taxes not only our volunteers, but our donations," he says.

While the family of Natacha Lesty received assistance from the Red Cross after their Lakeview home went up in flames Wednesday, other Long Island families may not be as lucky.

"We can't help those people unless we have help from the public itself," Kille says.

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