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Here's where you can go to give it.

The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is desperate for donations because of a drop-off in supply due to Ike. Stop by this week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at their headquarters at 1400 La Concha Lane (near Reliant Stadium) to do your part. For more information, call               713.790.1200       .

Here's where you can go to get it...

Texans whose jobs were lost or interrupted because of Hurricane Ike are eligible for special disaster unemployment assistance, according to a notice today from the Texas Workforce Commission. That includes people who are self-employed.

The payments, which range from a minimum of $57 a week to a maximum of $378 a week depending on past earning history, are a result of the presidential disaster declaration, according to the state.

It's possible for someone to be eligible for disaster benefits for up to 65 weeks if they hadn't claimed benefits in the past year, said agency spokeswoman Ann Hatchitt.

Individuals who were unemployed at the time of the hurricane and receiving unemployment benefits are also eligible for the extended disaster-related benefits, she said.

Applications must be filed by Oct. 15.

Workers in 29 counties are eligible: Angelina, Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Cherokee, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Madison, Matagorda, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Waller, and Washington.

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Click HERE for the maps of the power outage areas. They are updated at least once a day.

Lori Freese