Red Cross shelter worker heads to West, Texas from NY

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The Red Cross continues to provide hope and comfort to people affected by the tragic explosion in West, Texas.

ROCHESTER, NY, Tuesday, April 23, 2013—The Greater Rochester Chapter of the American Red Cross is deploying a Rochester resident to West, Texas.

Joe Louis, of Rochester, will depart from Greater Rochester International Airport tomorrow at 11:15 a.m. He will be available for interviews from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. outside of security. Please contact Erin D. Caldwell at 585-370-1834 to arrange for an interview.

Louis will function as a shelter supervisor while on deployment.

The Red Cross continues to provide hope and comfort to people affected by the tragic explosion in West, Texas.

As people are being allowed to return home in Texas, the Red Cross is opening emergency aid stations in the neighborhoods to provide food, water, emotional support, health services and relief supplies.

The Red Cross is also working in collaboration with local officials at a joint assistance center set up to connect people with a variety of recovery resources.

To date, the Red Cross has served more than 7,600 meals and snacks, 2,300 relief items, and hundreds of emotional support and health contacts to people in need. The Red Cross has also provided nearly 250 blood products to Texas hospitals in the area to help the injured.

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. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.