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Chapter Volunteers Deploy to Provide Disaster Relief

Santa Cruz, CA (October 16, 2013) – The American Red Cross Santa Cruz County Chapter deployed three volunteers to the Santa Maria apartment fire response in San Luis Obispo County and one volunteer to Colorado to provide disaster relief to those affected by the floods.

Beverly Will of Watsonville deployed to Colorado for sheltering on Tuesday, October 15. Douglas Anderson of Watsonville, Terri Foster of La Selva Beach and Anna Marie Gotti of Capitola left this morning to Santa Maria.

The Santa Maria apartment fire took place on Saturday, October 12 around 2:25 a.m. at the Town Center Hotel, known for housing long-term residents. The local Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Red Cross Chapters are running a shelter for the 57 people who were displaced from their homes Saturday night. The shelter is at Minami Community Center in Santa Maria. Red Cross volunteers are also providing food, comfort, and care to the people in need.

Since the Colorado flooding first began about a month ago, more than 1,200 Red Crossers have helped to power a response that includes serving more than 191,000 meals and snacks, handing out more than 242,000 relief items and providing about 14,000 health and mental health contacts. The Red Cross has also provided a total of 3,800 shelter stays for people forced from their homes by the flooding.

HOW TO HELP: Your financial gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

To make a donation, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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 or call us at 831-462-2881. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.