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Ten More Local Volunteers Deployed

SANTA CRUZ, CA (JULY 5, 2012) – American Red Cross Santa Cruz County Chapter continues to share its talented volunteers with disaster relief operations across the country by sending an additional ten volunteers Montana and Florida. Over the last two weeks, the local Chapter has sent 21 volunteers to help in Colorado and now Montana and Florida.

The following volunteers are helping in the relief operation in Montana as hundreds of people are still unable to go home as wildfires continue to burn there.

  • Ellen J. Dellamora of Santa Cruz will be working in Sheltering and is going on her 32nd deployment.
  • Devinder Khanna of Watsonville will be working in Sheltering and is going on her 2nd deployment.
  • Patricia O’Hara of Aptos will be working as a Client Casework Supervisor and is going on her 6th deployment.
  • Nicholas Kosta of Felton will be working in Disaster Assessment and is going his first deployment.
  • Timothy Epps of Santa Cruz will be working as a Client Caseworker and is going on his first deployment.
  • Tedd Parske of Boulder Creek will be working as a Logistics Supply Supervisor and is going on his 9th deployment.
  • The following volunteers are headed to Florida to help families as they clean up their communities from massive floods brought by Tropical Storm Debby.

    Howard Evans from San Benito County will be working in Computer Operations and is going on his 3rd deployment.

    Sallie Efsaifmorrell of Soquel will be working as a Client Caseworker and is going on her first time deployment.

    Mary Lynn Yoder of Soquel will be working as a Client Caseworker and is going on her first time deployment.

    Mark E. Willig of Felton will be working as a Client Caseworker and is going on his first time deployment.

    More than 1,400 Red Cross disaster workers continue to help people across the country affected by power outages, wildfires out west and flooding in Florida. Hundreds of people are still unable to go home as wildfires continue to burn in several western states. More than 60 people spent Wednesday night in Red Cross shelters in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Montana. Almost 650 people spent Wednesday night in 39 Red Cross shelters across 11 states and the District of Columbia.Shelters are open in West Virginia, Montana, Florida, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Ohio, Michigan, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland and around Washington, D.C. Since early June, the Red Cross has supported families across 16 states, operating shelters, serving more than 237,000 meals and snacks and distributing almost 140,000 relief items like rakes, shovels, coolers, work gloves, cleaning supplies and hygiene kits.

    “The Red Cross is helping people who have no power during this dangerous heat wave while continuing to feed and shelter people impacted by the wildfires out west and flooding in Florida.” said Charley Shimanski, senior vice president, Red Cross Disaster Services. “The weeks and months to come won't be easy as families and individuals impacted by the wildfires and flooding face the enormous task of getting their lives back to normal. For every family who needs us, we're going to be there, for as long as they need us.”

    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.

    About the American Red Cross Santa Cruz County Chapter

    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: Cynthia Shaw, Cell: 408-666-6857, Cynthia.shaw@redcross.org

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