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Additional Volunteers Deployed to Southern States

Red Cross volunteer helping lady in a shelter
Over the past few days, five volunteers from the Western and Central New York Region have been deployed to areas impacted by floods.

The American Red Cross continues to help people in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi affected by this month’s devastating flooding. The disaster response spans an area roughly the size of the state of Colorado and the Red Cross is working with the entire response community – federal, state, county and local agencies, other non-profit organizations, churches, area businesses and others – to help coordinate the relief effort and deliver services quickly.

Over the past few days, five volunteers from the Western and Central New York Region have been deployed to areas impacted by floods.

From Central New York, Ken Stapleton of Cicero and Bill Looft of Oneida are traveling to Texas to assist with bulk distribution of relief items.

From Western New York, Peggy McGee-Smith of Kenmore is going to Louisiana to help provide disaster mental health services.

Two volunteers from the Finger Lakes deployed to Louisiana. Elmira resident Thomas Wallace is a disaster mental health associate, while Sharon Tyo of Branchport is serving as a government liaison.

With the latest deployments, 17 volunteers from the Western and Central New York Region are on site while seven others are supporting operations virtually.


Carlos Averio, Rochester - Louisiana - Client Casework (virtual)

Robert Barton, Savannah - Mississippi - Disaster Assessment

May Becker, Fayetteville - Texas - Client Casework (virtual)

Jay Bonafede, Tonawanda - Texas - Public Affairs

Thomas Daley, Tonawanda - Texas - Client Casework

Marieanna Elliott, Hamburg - Texas - Disaster Mental Health

Paul Francher, Syracuse - Texas - Client Casework (virtual)

Lucille Frisicano, Webster - Louisiana - Health Services

Charlene Hanson, Niagara Falls - Mississippi - Health Services

Gordon Howard, Tully - Texas - Disaster Assessment

Shelley Licurse, Manlius - Louisiana - Disaster Mental Health

Bill Looft, Oneida - Texas - Bulk Distribution

Leonard Malinowski, Canandaigua - Louisiana - Client Casework (virtual)

Peggy McGee-Smith, Kenmore - Louisiana - Disaster Mental Health

Bonnie Nolen, Rush - Mississippi - Client Casework

Susan Page, Marcellus - Louisiana - Client Casework (virtual)

Sarah Perkins, Pittsford - Louisiana - Disaster Assessment

Leslee Rice, Shortsville - Louisiana - Client Casework (virtual)

Diane Sargent, Lockport - Louisiana - Disaster Assessment

Elizabeth Shook, Cuba - Texas - Staff Services

Ken Stapleton, Cicero - Texas - Bulk Distribution

Sharon Tyo, Branchport - Louisiana- Government Liaison

Frank VanSickle, Cortland - Louisiana - Client Casework (virtual)

Thomas Wallace, Elmira - Louisiana - Disaster Mental Health

HOW TO HELP The Red Cross needs the public right now to help support families suffering from disasters right now. Anyone who wants to help people affected by disasters like flooding and countless other crises can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

BECOME A RED CROSS VOLUNTEER Another way people can help is to become an American Red Cross volunteer. The donated time and talent of a Red Cross volunteer can make a real difference in people’s lives. Go to to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application.