NEW YORK (AP) — With its global scope and its staying power, the coronavirus outbreak poses unprecedented challenges for charities and nonprofit groups that rely on donations.

The American Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage due to blood drive cancellations. The Girl Scouts' annual cookie sales are vital to the group's finances but have been disrupted.

A coalition of major nonprofits is pleading with Congress to allocate $60 billion so charities can keep their staff working and meet growing needs for help.

The CEO of the United Way says the situation is like a natural disaster hitting every country in slow motion.

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