PRESCOTT (June 5, 2013) – American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter volunteer Vic Hencken is deploying Thursday to Oklahoma City to provide relief to people affected by the recent tornadoes.
A Prescott resident, Hencken will spend as long as three weeks as a job director. He has volunteered for the Red Cross with his wife, Flo, for the past 12 years. He worked the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Hurricane Ike in 2008 and Hurricane Isaac and Hurricane Sandy, both in 2012. He also has been deployed by the Red Cross for several floods and wildfires.
The Red Cross has served more than 287,000 meals and snacks, distributed more than 68,000 relief items and made more than 13,600 health services and mental health contacts. It also has utilized more than 1,100 disaster relief workers, including six 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.