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Grand Canyon Chapter Sends Pair of Volunteers for Tornado Relief

OKC family speaks with Red Cross volunteer
The Red Cross has served 257,000-plus meals and snacks, distributed 46,000-plus relief items and made 12,000-plus health and mental health contacts, using 1,100-plus workers, including five from the Grand Canyon Chapter.

PHOENIX (June 4, 2013) – American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter volunteers Jean Currey and Eileen Goldberg are deploying Wednesday to Oklahoma City to help provide relief to people affected by the recent tornadoes, with both sent to handle client casework duties for as long as three weeks.

A Peoria resident, Currey is a North Valley Disaster Action Team member, having logged more than 2,000 volunteer hours since 2010. Goldberg, of Chandler, is the leader of an East Valley Disaster Action Team, and she has accumulated 9,000-plus volunteer hours since 2006. Both deployed twice for Hurricane Sandy – Currey in December and March, and Goldberg in November and January.

More than 120 people spent Monday night in shelters in Oklahoma. The Red Cross has served 257,000-plus meals and snacks, distributed 46,000-plus relief items and made 12,000-plus health and mental health contacts, using 1,100-plus workers, including five from the Grand Canyon Chapter.

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.redcross.org/gcc, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.