FARMINGTON, CONN., June 2, 2015 – Three more Red Cross volunteers have deployed to Texas to help with the massive relief operation underway to help people in the wake of several weeks of severe weather. They join four volunteers who were assigned last week, said Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman.
“The volunteers on their way now join Red Cross volunteers from across the country who have traveled to help in affected communities,” Shipman said. “More than 2,100 volunteers have assisted in the Texas relief operations since early May.”
Shipman said the Red Cross has opened shelters, provided food for evacuees and delivered meals and cleanup supplies in neighborhoods across communities that have had to cope with tornado and flood damage. Red Cross workers are also providing emotional support and helping with health-related needs like replacement of prescription eyeglasses and medications. “The Red Cross has provided more than 2,000 overnight shelter stays and served more than 63,000 meals and snacks since this relief operation began.”
“The three volunteers who left this week will be joining other volunteers serving in casework roles, meeting one-on-one with families to help them assess their needs, plan their recovery and identify additional sources of help,” Shipman said.
The volunteers who deployed Monday are Ginny and Ira Haas of Quaker Hill, Connecticut, and George Egan of Madison, Connecticut.
“We are so proud of the local Red Cross team members who have taken time from home, family and work to help our neighbors in Texas,” Shipman said.
Shipman added that Red Cross volunteers are always needed to support local disaster work, as well as to provide help in larger disasters. “Here in Connecticut, we respond to more than 700 disasters each year. The majority of those responses are for residential fires.” He said that volunteers help families in similar ways as in national relief work. “It is amazing work done by dedicated people and we welcome anyone interested in our work to visit our website and learn more about how they can help. We have opportunities for every age and ability.”
Information about Red Cross volunteering is available at www.redcross.org/ct/volunteer.
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/ct or visit us on Twitter at @CTRedCross.