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Local Red Cross Volunteers Are Helping in Texas and Oklahoma

FARMINGTON, CONN., May 28, 2015 – Four Connecticut volunteers are supporting American Red Cross disaster relief operations in Texas and Oklahoma, where weeks of tornadoes and heavy rain have devastated communities and affected thousands of people who have lost everything to storm damage.

Since early May in both states, more than 1,200 Red Cross workers have opened more than 40 shelters, served more than 53,000 meals and snacks and handed out more than 50,000 relief items, including cleanup supplies.

Red Cross volunteers are working to staff shelters, serve meals and when safe to do so are distributing meals, snacks and cleanup supplies in some affected neighborhoods.

Volunteers are also helping people with emotional support and medical assistance to replace prescription medications and eyeglasses.

James Roscoe, of Bolton, has been deployed to Corpus Christi, Texas, as Financial and Statistical Information Service Associate, helping to provide accounting and informational support to the relief operations.

Donna Hathaway, of Uncasville, is working in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, as a Health Services Manager, providing oversight of basic health care services delivered as part of the Red Cross relief operation there.

Dave Kemp, of Vernon, is working in North Texas as a Logistics Manager, helping to oversee the movement of equipment and supplies to support relief operations.

Missy Lundeen, of Ansonia, is assisting the relief efforts in North Texas as well, helping to process paperwork for people receiving assistance from the Red Cross. Lundeen is working remotely from Connecticut.

American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region CEO Mario Bruno said local volunteers bring skills to the relief effort and will return home with even more knowledge that can help local Red Cross disaster response. “We train and prepare to help when and where we are needed. Our local volunteers who give their time so generously will be a tremendous help to the people of Texas and Oklahoma and will sharpen skills that can be useful in emergencies right here at home.”

Bruno also thanked donors who make Red Cross disaster relief possible. “Donations to disaster relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. This includes recent severe weather and nearly 70,000 disasters the Red Cross handles every year around the country.”

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 or visit us on Twitter at @CTRedCross.