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American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter Deploying Another Trio to Aid Sandy Victims

Grand Canyon  Trio of Volunteers to Sandy

PHOENIX (Nov. 5, 2012) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter is deploying three additional disaster relief volunteers Tuesday to offer much-needed support in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, as a nor’easter with high winds, rain and snow barrels toward the East Coast.

Dan and Coleen Hoerter, of Apache Junction, are flying to Hartford, Conn., then they’ll report for client casework in Middletown, Conn. Eileen Mahaney, of Chandler, is flying to Newark, N.J., and she’ll be a caseworker in North Brunswick, N.J. The Hoerters have volunteered for the Red Cross since 2009 – Dan is a retired financial advisor, and Coleen is a retired child support officer. Mahaney is the leader of an East Valley Disaster Action Team that responds to local emergencies like fires and floods, and she has accumulated more than 9,000 volunteer hours with the Red Cross since 2006. All three could be gone as long as three weeks. In total, the Grand Canyon Chapter has now deployed 15 people and two emergency response vehicles to the East Coast for Sandy relief operations.

In the largest U.S. response by the Red Cross in the past five years, an extensive feeding operation continues to get hot meals to residents in New York and New Jersey. More than 9,000 people displaced by Sandy spent Sunday night in 113 shelters, and the Red Cross has totaled 54,000-plus overnight stays since Sandy came ashore last week. The Red Cross has fixed feeding sites in New York and New Jersey, as well as mobile distribution of meals, snacks and water. More than 1 million meals and snacks have been served by the Red Cross, which also has handed out 60,000-plus relief items and offered 17,000-plus health services and emotional support contacts. The Red Cross has more than 5,300 workers stationed along the East Coast, having activated its whole fleet of 320-plus ERVs. Sixty trailers of relief supplies, including personal hygiene items, rakes, shovels, tarps, dust masks and gloves, arrived on the East Coast over the weekend, and 80,000 blankets are on the way.

More than 370 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled because of Sandy, resulting in a shortfall of 12,500-plus blood and platelet products, and there will be more scratched this week. If anyone is eligible to donate in places unaffected by the storm, they’re asked to make an appointment to give blood by visiting www.redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. In addition, financial donations allow the Red Cross to provide food, clothing, shelter and emotional support to those whose lives are altered by disasters like Sandy. Donations can be made at www.redcross.org/donate, by calling 1-800-HELPNOW or by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999 for a $10 gift – off your wireless bill.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit www.arizonaredcross.org, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.