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Red Cross Deploying Another Pair for Sandy

Grand Canyon - Sandy Relief

PHOENIX (Dec. 2, 2012) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter is deploying two more volunteers to support the emergency relief part of the response to Hurricane Sandy, as the Red Cross keeps offering food, shelter, supplies and other help to survivors a month after the destructive storm.

Lillian Aguilera, of Prescott Valley, and Jean Currey, of Phoenix, are flying Monday to New York to serve in client casework for the next two to three weeks. A Yavapai County Disaster Action Team member, Aguilera has totaled more than 1,000 volunteer hours with the Red Cross since 2006. Currey is a North Valley DAT member, having logged 2,000-plus volunteer hours since 2010.

More than 400 people displaced by Sandy spent last week in three shelters in New York. The Red Cross has served more than 7.7 million meals and snacks; distributed more than 5.8 million relief items; offered more than 89,000 health services and emotional support contacts; and provided more than 77,600 overnight stays. More than 15,000 Red Cross workers – 31 from the Grand Canyon Chapter – have backed the relief efforts, including more than 2,600 who are on the ground right now.

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.