PHOENIX (Nov. 2, 2012) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter is sending two emergency response vehicles Friday to New York to provide additional support for Hurricane Sandy, for which there are nearly 6,800 people from nine states taking refuge in 97 Red Cross shelters.
Grand Canyon Chapter volunteers Mike and Kathleen Tanner, of Gold Canyon, departed Friday afternoon in a Phoenix-based ERV, and Grand Canyon Chapter volunteers Mike Creeden, of Mesa, and Dave Curtis, of Camp Verde, are leaving later Friday afternoon in a Prescott-based ERV. They’re expected to arrive early next week in Queens, N.Y. Then they’ll join more than 3,800 other Red Cross disaster workers in distributing meals, snacks, water and relief supplies in neighborhoods. In total, the Grand Canyon Chapter has deployed seven volunteers and two paid staff for Sandy relief operations.
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.