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From left, Laura Caron, senior member service representative; Kim Moreland, account manager donor services; blood donor Melanie da Costa and her father, Steve da Costa.

The $189 million, 16,600-member Dutch Point Credit Union in Wethersfield, Conn., hosted a blood drive on Nov. 1 at its Newington branch. The American Red Cross said that at that point, already some 300 blood drives had been canceled in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy and put out a call for help.

Dutch Point CU responded, and one of its donors that day was Melanie da Costa, a college student in Manhattan who went home to Newington when her high rise was evacuated. “Having seen first-hand the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, I wanted to do my part to support the victims and came to Dutch Point Credit Union to assist the American Red Cross with their relief efforts by donating blood,” she said.

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