The West Ontario Office of the American Red Cross is deploying a volunteer to Peoria, Illinois to assist with flooding in the Midwest.
Roger Kessler, of Canandaigua, New York, will leave the Greater Rochester International Airport at 12:50 p.m. today. He will be available for interviews outside of security from 11:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. today. Please contact Erin D. Caldwell at 585-370-1834 to arrange for an interview.
Kessler will be deploying as a bulk distribution supervisor. He is the eighth volunteer from the Finger Lakes Region to deploy to Boston, Texas, or the Midwest in the past two weeks.
The American Red Cross is providing food, supplies, emotional support and health services in flooded communities across Midwestern states. The Red Cross has shelters in three Midwestern states for people who cannot return home because of flooding.
In Illinois, the Red Cross has shelters open across the state as part of our largest sheltering operation in recent years for this area. Workers are providing emotional support as well as food and water to people forced from their homes and personnel fighting the floodwaters. Workers are also handing out relief items like comfort kits, cleaning supplies, buckets and mops.
Along the Red River in North Dakota and Minnesota, the Red Cross is supporting sandbagging efforts by providing water and snacks as the community prepares for a potentially historic spring flood.
The Red Cross has hundreds of volunteers on the ground across the Midwest that have served more than 42,000 meals and snacks and handed out more than 3,000 relief items to date.
The Red Cross will be providing help for weeks to come and has additional volunteers and supplies on standby.
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.