Romney Donates to Red Cross, Encourages Supporters to Follow Suit

After hurricane Sandy tore through the mid-Atlantic and northeast region, resources in affected areas remain sparse and calls for donations to help those most affected continue to be made.

Mitt Romney, who has been vocal in his support for those most affected by the record-breaking storm, is continuing to ask his supporters to donate money to the American Red Cross and other emergency response organizations to help fund storm relief efforts.

On Wednesday, an aide with the Romney campaign stated that the Republican presidential nominee is setting the example by making a personal donation to the American Red Cross.

When asked how much the donation was for the aide declined to reveal the exact amount, but did state that after Hurricane Sandy Romney canceled all his campaign commitments in order to conduct a storm aid event in Kettering, Ohio.

"The American Red Cross appreciates the support from the Romney campaign and is working with the campaign to process this donation of supplies," the American Red Cross said in a statement.

Romney was joined by about 2,000 supporters who came together to prepare supplies which included canned goods, water, and cleaning supplies.

"We are grateful that both the Obama and Romney campaigns have also encouraged the public to send financial donations to the Red Cross. We encourage individuals who want to help to consider making a financial donation or making an appointment to give blood," the statement added.

While the organization was grateful for the donation, according to its website the American Red Cross usually "does not accept or solicit individual donations or collections of items," because processing such donations, "impedes the valuable resources of money, time, and personnel."

More than 60 million people were affected by hurricane Sandy which left millions across the region without power. Many areas in Sandy's path, especially along the coast line, experienced record-breaking flooding with experts stating that it could take up to a year for some places to recover.