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Seven WCNY Volunteers Supporting Relief Efforts in Canada, Texas

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Five volunteers from the Western and Central New York Region will be deploying to support American Red Cross flood relief efforts in Texas, while two regional volunteers will be supporting the Canadian Red Cross as they provide relief following recent wildfires in Alberta, Canada.

Winnie Romeril of Prattsburg, NY will be travelling from Rochester to Canada on Wednesday afternoon, where she will be joining Peggy McGee-Smith of Kenmore in supporting the wildfire relief efforts in the Fort McMurray area. Romeril will be working in Public Affairs, while McGee-Smith has been providing Disaster Mental Health services. The fire forced over 80,000 people to evacuate and destroyed entire neighborhoods.

The Texas Gulf Coast region continues to be affected by massive flooding. 14 shelters were open in the Greater Houston area Monday, providing a warm, dry place to stay, food and emotional support for residents who are not able to remain at their homes due to storms and flooding. Volunteers Diana McLaughlin of Rochester and Beth Shook of Cuba, NY, will be deploying Tuesday to work in Staff Services. Louis (Jim) Iannettoni of Elbridge and Lorraine Morris of Bath are leaving Wednesday to work in Disaster Services Technology, and Frank VanSickle of Cortland will be supporting a virtual call center, conducting client interviews by phone to assess clients’ needs and to determine appropriate assistance.

HOW TO HELP: Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like wildfires, flooding and countless other crises can make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting, 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.

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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.