American Red Cross volunteer Jennifer Schaefer will be deploying to Oklahoma City Tuesday morning to help in the response efforts following this weekend’s Oklahoma tornadoes. Schaefer, a registered nurse, will be working in Health Services. A Syracuse native and resident, Schaefer is a member of the Greater Rochester Chapter’s Disaster Action Team, where she volunteers regularly on weekends.
“My goal is to serve the world as long as I can walk, talk and use my hands,” Schaefer said. “I became a nurse to serve the people, and I now serve them through my work at the New York State Department of Health and with my volunteer services with the American Red Cross. My life is full of happiness and excitement because of it.”
For the past five days, severe thunderstorms affected parts of the Central and Southern Plains. In Oklahoma, the Red Cross has opened four shelters, providing 239 overnight stays, and served 9,766 meals and snacks. Shelters have also been opened in Texas, Iowa and South Dakota, and the Red Cross is also providing relief following severe storms in Colorado and Arkansas.
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 tornadoes, 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.