Volunteers from the American Red Cross continue to provide comfort and hope in South Carolina weeks after devastating flooding uprooted lives and destroyed homes.
Jeanne Frey of Binghamton recently deployed to South Carolina, assessing damage and serving as a client caseworker. A total of 23 Western and Central New York volunteers are now supporting the relief efforts.
More than 1,600 Red Cross workers have been involved in the response to the South Carolina floods. Since the flooding began earlier this month, the Red Cross and our community partners have served more than 130,000 meals and snacks, delivered more than 168,000 relief items, and provided more than 6,000 health and mental health services.
Red Cross caseworkers are meeting one-on-one with people to create recovery plans, navigate paperwork and connect them with resources. In some situations, the Red Cross is providing direct financial support to people who need extra help.
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. These services are available at numerous local multi-agency resource centers throughout South Carolina.
The Red Cross is also working with community partners to distribute meals and relief supplies in some of the hardest hit neighborhoods as people continue the monumental task of cleaning up. Red Cross mental health volunteers are helping people cope as they begin to plan their next steps.
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 redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.