The American Red Cross has deployed nine local volunteers from the Palmetto SC Region to assist with disaster relief efforts in Oklahoma and keeps additional volunteers on standby.
Among those deployed to Oklahoma is Charlotte Taylor of Hanahan who is providing mental health services to those that have lost so much. Taylor began volunteering with the Red Cross when she was 15 years old as a candy stripe at an army hospital in Okinawa during the Vietnam War. This is her sixth deployment with the Red Cross to a large-scale disaster. Her deployments with Red Cross have included disaster relief efforts for hurricanes, floods and wild fires.
Prior to leaving for Oklahoma, she was with other Red Cross volunteers at the boating incident in Pimlico over the Memorial Day weekend where she provided emotional counseling to the family’s of the missing boaters.
Taylor is a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor and has a Doctorate in Addictions Counseling.
Taylor says she believes that we all should help others in some way. “If people are available, I believe it is their innate, moral and ethical responsibility to go and help others in need,” said Taylor. “I believe in what the Red Cross does with everything I am, so I am glad to be a part of the Red Cross team deployed to Oklahoma to help relieve the suffering.”
Local Red Cross volunteers join over 1,000 Red Cross volunteers that have mobilized from across the country to help people and first responders that have been devastated by the tornadoes in Oklahoma. The Red Cross continues to shelter people, staff emergency aid stations, provide mobile feeding and clean-up supplies, as well as emotional support.
“I am proud that local Red Cross volunteers like Charlotte have jumped into action to help those who need it most right now,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer, American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region. “The deployed volunteers from our region are helping in the areas of client case work, logistics, health services, mass care and more.”
Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations help provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.
The Palmetto SC Region is made up of seven Red Cross chapters that span 35 counties in South Carolina. The Palmetto SC Region responds to a local disaster every 6.5 hours. Since the beginning of the Fiscal Year, July 1, 2012, the Palmetto SC Region has met the needs of 1,519 families, assisting 4,970 adults and children affected by disaster.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossSC.