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Permian Basin Area Volunteers return after Being Deployed

Midland, TX, Monday, November 19, 2012 — On Tuesday, November 20th Permian Basin Chapter, volunteers Judy Eron and Charlie Watkins, are returning home after being deployed to New Jersey to support the relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy.

Judy and Charlie were deployed on October 31st with orders to drive an ERV (Emergency Response Vehicle) fully stocked with supplies to New Jersey. An ERV is a multi-purpose vehicle that is small enough to make it into neighborhoods that larger vehicles cannot get into immediately following a storm. The role of the volunteers is to stock and deliver food and emergency items to stranded victims. They also deliver meals, snacks and supplies to neighborhood shelters, food pantries, temporary kitchens and community centers where victims are receiving food.

Red Cross volunteers receive hours of training and are taught how to multi-task in any type a disaster or emergency situation. Many times these specially trained volunteers are the first on scene in a neighborhood following a storm or major disaster with downed power lines, no power and very deep water. Their stories of survival are fascinating.

After spending three weeks in the trenches of northern New Jersey, the pair of Midland volunteers will return home to their families, and their volunteer responsibilities at the Permian Basin Red Cross Chapter office. They will be replaced by two more volunteers – Diana Wysocki and Bonnie Hill of Terlingua, TX., who are heading out before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Judy and Charlie will be available for interviewing at the Permian Basin Chapter office between 11:00 AM and 12 PM, Tuesday, November 20th. Please join us at the Chapter office located at 9601 Wright Dr., just outside the International Airport and across the street from the Commemorative Air Force Museum (CAF). Their tales are spellbinding and will bring the storms power and devastation to life.

The Red Cross relies on the support of the American people to carry out its mission of service in times of disasters. During this holiday season, people can support all Red Cross services by making a financial donation at www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. Designate the Permian Basin Chapter so your gift will support your local community.

The public can connect with fellow Red Cross volunteers or share their stories and photos through Facebook at facebook.com/redcross and Twitter at Twitter.com/redcross.

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 http://blog.redcross.org.

About our Holiday Partners

During this holiday season, the American Red Cross is grateful for the support of our corporate partners that generously contribute to our Holiday Giving Campaign. Thanks to the generosity of these and other sponsors, the Red Cross is able to carry out its mission of helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies everyday here and around the world. Each holiday season the Red Cross gives everyone the chance to support our work by signing a card for military heroes or buying a gift through our holiday catalog. To support the Red Cross this Holiday Season, visit www.redcross.org/holiday