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Six WCNY Regional Volunteers Deploying to Philadelphia during Papal Visit

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The American Red Cross is one of many organizations working collaboratively to support community needs during the visit of Pope Francis to the United States. At the request of state and local officials, the Red Cross is mobilizing resources and people to support humanitarian needs that may arise during the Pope’s visit.

Six volunteers from the Western and Central New York Region will be deploying to support the Red Cross efforts during the Papal Visit in Philadelphia:

·         John and Martha Durbin, Webster

·         John Griffiths, Rochester

·         Paula Hueber, Syracuse

·         Carol McBride, East Syracuse

·         Peggy McGee-Smith, Kenmore

In Philadelphia, Red Cross workers will be providing support such as water, first aid, and reunification services for people separated from loved ones amid the large crowds. The Red Cross will also support shelters for additional emergency personnel and volunteers in town for the event.

When humanitarian needs arise, the Red Cross delivers help to whomever needs it. This includes providing food, shelter and emotional support without regard to race, religion, citizenship status or political beliefs.

As part of normal preparations for a large-scale public event, the Red Cross is also taking steps to reinforce the community’s ability to respond to disasters of all sizes. Red Cross experts have been working closely with emergency management to put in place contingency plans so that normal emergency support services can continue. The Red Cross is also mobilizing to be ready to provide shelter, comfort and assistance in the event of an incident affecting large numbers of visitors.