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.
NAME, HOMETOWN STATE FUNCTION
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 redcross.org, 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 redcross.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application.