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Red Cross Volunteer Deployed to Texas

Red Cross volunteer comforting little girl in a shelter

Thousands of people in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi are still trying to recover from the widespread flooding in those states. The American Red Cross is there, supporting those affected. Hundreds of Red Cross disaster workers continue to offer help and hope where many people have lost everything to devastating floods.

Gordon Howard of Tully is travelling to Beaumont, Texas today to assist in disaster assessment. Eleven volunteers from the Western and Central New York Region are now deployed to the region, while seven others are supporting operations virtually.

NAME, HOMETOWN STATE FUNCTION

Carlos Averio, Rochester - Louisiana - Client Casework (virtual)

Robert Barton, Savannah - Mississippi - Disaster Assessment

May Becker, Fayetteville - Texas - Client Casework (virtual)

Jay Bonafede, Tonawanda - Texas - Public Affairs

Thomas Daley, Tonawanda - Texas - Client Casework

Marieanna Elliott, Hamburg - Texas - Disaster Mental Health

Paul Francher, Syracuse - Texas- Client Casework (virtual)

Lucille Frisicano, Webster - Louisiana - Health Services

Gordon Howard, Tully - Texas - Disaster Assessment

Shelly Licurse, Manlius - Louisiana - Disaster Mental Health

Leonard Malinowski, Canandaigua - Louisiana - Client Casework (virtual)

Bonnie Nolen, Rush - Mississippi - Client Casework

Susan Page, Marcellus - Louisiana - Client Casework (virtual)

Leslee Rice, Shortsville - Louisiana - Client Casework (virtual)

Sarah Perkins, Pittsford - Louisiana -Disaster Assessment

Diane Sargent, Lockport - Louisiana - Disaster Assessment

Elizabeth Shook, Cuba - Texas- Staff Services

Frank VanSickle, Cortland - Louisiana - Client Casework (virtual)

The Red Cross continues to operate shelters and provide meals for those affected. Since the flooding began, more than 1,400 Red Cross workers have provided 3,800 overnight stays in 60 shelters, served 158,000 meals and snacks, and distributed 64,000 relief items including comfort kits and cleaning supplies.

Red Cross disaster mental health workers are helping people cope in the aftermath of many challenging situations. Disasterhealth volunteers are also helping to replace needed items like prescription medications and eyeglasses. In some areas, multi-agency resource centers are available where representatives of various local agencies can assist impacted residents inthe coming days with information, basic needs and referrals to programs and services.

Red Cross caseworkers are meeting one-on-one with people to create recovery plans, navigate paperwork and locate help fromother agencies. In some situations, the Red Cross may provide direct financial support to people who need extra help.

HOW TO HELP Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like flooding and countless other crises can make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.