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Eight More Local Volunteers Deployed

SANTA CRUZ, CA (June 28, 2012) – The American Red Cross is providing critical help to thousands of people affected by the raging wildfires in the west and massive flooding in Florida from Tropical Depression Debby.The American Red Cross Santa Cruz County Chapter is sending an additional eight volunteers to Denver, Colorado and Gainsville, Florida to help with relief operations. Over the last two weeks, the local Chapter has sent 11 volunteers to help.

Leaving this week for Colorado, are volunteers, Alan Mayfield of Scotts Valley, Park Cuseo of Aptos, Ann Marie Gotti of Capitola, Leonard Davis of Live Oak, Susan Curry of Santa Cruz, Megan Darrough of Santa Cruz and Margaret Cunningham of Scotts Valley. Howard Yancey of Felton will help in Florida.

Mayfield will work in public affairs, delivering crucial information to the public. Cuseo will work with safety and security. Ann Marie Gotti will help with community partnerships and Davis will work as a supply supervisor. Curry and Darrough will work as client caseworkers, helping people affected get the resources they need. Yancey will help with logistics, to get supplies where they are needed most.

Since the wildfires began raging through Colorado earlier this month, searing more than 83,000 acres and forcing 32,000 people to be evacuated from their homes, and Florida has been deluged with buckets of rain that triggered flooding statewide, Red Cross workers have served more than 32,000 meals, made almost 3,300 health and mental health contacts, and distributed more than 4,300 relief items to people affected.

“Thousands have been impacted by these disasters and the Red Cross is giving them a safe place to stay, food to eat and a shoulder to lean on,” said Charley Shimanski, senior vice president, Red Cross Disaster Services. “We are expanding our efforts to help the growing number of people affected by the fires in the west and are ready to distribute the tools and other resources people will need to begin the clean-up in Florida as the flood waters recede.”

HOW PEOPLE CAN HELP Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to local American Red Cross chapters or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

The American Red Cross Santa Cruz County Chapter is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that depends on the generous contributions of time and money from Santa Cruz County residents and companies to provide services and programs that help our community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. For more information on disaster preparedness, health and safety classes, volunteer opportunities, and financial contributions, visit our website at www.redcross.org/santacruz or call us at 831-462-2881. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Media Contact: Elizabeth Shemaria, Cell: 415 940-3392, elizabeth.shemaria@redcross.org

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