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      Local workers heading north to help with Sandy aftermath

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Agencies from the Lowcountry are offering assistance to the Northeast as Hurricane Sandy gets closer to the shore.

      Joint Base Charleston announced Monday evening that six C-17 Globemaster III aircraft from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey and three more from Dover Air Force Base were moved to Joint Base Charleston.

      Officials said the move was done to prevent potential damage by the storm. The aircraft were moved over the weekend, officials said.

      Berkeley Electric Cooperative announced it was sending 16 lineworkers and 50 contractors to the New Jersey area to help local crews make repairs to the power grid there.

      "Berkeley is always glad to assist other cooperatives in times like these, as they are always willing to help us when our members need it," said Eddie McKnight, VP of Marketing/PR.

      South Carolina Electric & Gas said it was sending 162 linemen and 23 tree crews from across the state to assist Dominion Power in Virginia with the aftermath of Sandy.

      Seven Red Cross volunteers from the Charleston area have left for the Northeast to help with volunteers already in the area as Sandy makes landfall, officials announced over the weekend.

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      How to help:

      To help those affected donate through the Red Cross website or call (800) 733-2767. You can also text the word 'REDCROSS' to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter or the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

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