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Volunteer Deployed to Texas

Red Cross volunteer helping lady in a shelter

A volunteer from the Finger Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting in flood relief efforts in Texas. Arlene Heffner of Bath is serving as a sheltering supervisor in Austin, Texas. A round of strong storms carrying heavy rain and high winds swept through the region, causing widespread flash flooding and power outages. Many of the hardest hit areas were pounded by Hurricane Patricia several days earlier.

Meanwhile, volunteers from the American Red Cross continue to help provide comfort and hope in South Carolina weeks after devastating flooding uprooted lives and destroyed homes. A total of 23 Western and Central New York volunteers are supporting the relief efforts there. Red Cross caseworkers are meeting one-on-one with people to create recovery plans, navigate paperwork and connect them with resources. Already, workers have opened cases to help thousands of people affected by the floods, and they will continue to meet with more individuals and families in the days ahead.

The Red Cross relies on financial contributions to provide help and comfort to disaster victims anywhere, anytime. You can help people affected by disasters like floods, home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.