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Local Volunteer Deploying to Assist in Tornado Relief Operations

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Marieanna Elliott of Hamburg, NY will be flying to Louisville, KY on Tuesday to provide Disaster Mental Health counseling as the American Red Cross is providing relief across multiple states after dozens of tornadoes swept through the South and Midwest on Friday.

Since last Wednesday, the Red Cross has sheltered hundreds of people displaced by tornadoes in 11 states, and is also sheltering people in Florida and Michigan because of severe winter weather. Red Cross emergency vehicles are delivering meals throughout the affected communities, and in the coming days, relief supplies like shovels, rakes, trash bags, work gloves and tarps will be handed out to help people clean up their neighborhoods.

Emotional support is also an important part of the relief effort. Red Cross mental health volunteers, including Elliott, will be helping people cope as they clean up the devastation and begin the recovery. Elliott recently deployed to provide mental health services after multiple tornadoes touched down in Alabama in January.

Anyone wishing to help those affected by disasters such as these tornadoes and storms is encouraged to make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-REDCROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation (charges will appear on phone bill).