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WNY Red Cross volunteers deployed to assist with storm relief

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Fri, May 24th 2024 11:50 am

Regional volunteers visit tornado-ravaged sites in Florida, Texas & Midwest

Red Cross Press Release

With her deployment to Iowa, American Red Cross volunteer Donna Davis joined a group of volunteers from the 27-county Western New York region who have been deployed to assist residents in other areas of the country impacted by devastating storms. A total of eight local Red Cross volunteers are currently deployed to Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa and northern Florida relief operations – six of them onsite and two in a virtual capacity. The group also includes one volunteer who is assisting with ongoing Red Cross relief efforts related to the horrendous wildfires in Hawaii last year.

The recent deployments include:

√ 1 volunteer deployed to Hawaii

√ 1 volunteer deployed (virtual) to Oklahoma

√ 3 volunteers deployed (1 virtual, 2 onsite) to East Texas

√ 2 volunteers deployed to North Florida

√ 1 volunteer deployed to Iowa

“Our volunteers represent the core of the American Red Cross and are the primary reason we have been successful in carrying out our mission for more than a century,” said Nick Bond, CEO of the American Red Cross of Western New York region. “Our local volunteers are active every day in responding to home fires or any other emergency that arises. I am proud and grateful that they also answer the call to help in other regions when disasters we are seeing in other parts of our country occur.”

Volunteer responsibilities range from assisting with mass sheltering and feeding, to damage assessment, to coordinating external relations with government agencies and other responding organizations.

Red Cross volunteers often comment they “get as much as they give” through their efforts to help other members of their communities. Those interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer and helping a neighbor in need can visit www.redcross.org/volunteertoday or contact the local office at [email protected].

More on the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit on X/Twitter at @RedCross.

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