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American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter Deploys First Volunteer for Hurricane Sandy

Grand Canyon - First Volunteer to Sandy

PHOENIX (Oct. 31, 2012) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter is deploying its first volunteer Wednesday to provide relief for Hurricane Sandy, which has prompted more than 9,000 people from 13 states to take refuge in 171 Red Cross shelters as the storm batters the East Coast.

Martha Iskyan, 66, of Fountain Hills, will work as a mental health supervisor, committing at least two weeks of her time to Sandy relief operations. She’s flying into Philadelphia, then driving to New York to receive her assignment. A retired psychologist, Iskyan has volunteered with the Grand Canyon Chapter since January, and she previously volunteered with the Red Cross in Cincinnati.

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, like us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.