STRAWBERRY (Dec. 28, 2012) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter is redeploying a Strawberry volunteer to provide relief following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, as the Red Cross continues supporting survivors while also beginning its longer-term recovery efforts.
Barbara Brandt will fly Sunday to Newark, N.J., then she’ll report to North Brunswick, N.J., to work in client services for three weeks. Brandt previously worked in staff services. She serves as a Disaster Action Team member with the Red Cross, having volunteered since 1985. She has been deployed to about 30 disasters, most notably the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina, in 2005.
For Sandy, the Red Cross has served more than 9.2 million meals and snacks; distributed more than 6.7 million relief items; offered more than 105,000 health services and emotional support contacts; and provided more than 81,000 overnight stays. More than 16,200 Red Cross workers – 31 from the Grand Canyon Chapter – have backed the cause, including more than 1,100 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.