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Local Residents & Red Cross Volunteers Driving Emergency Response Vehicle to Louisiana

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Joining Massive Relief Effort that Includes Seven Mainers

PORTLAND (Friday, August 26th) – This morning, Joyce Baron (of Athens) and Ruth Lathrop (of Windham) departed for Baton Rouge, Louisiana to assist in the massive disaster relief efforts.

Ruth and Joyce, Red Cross Disaster Response volunteers, will be driving an Emergency Response Vehicle to Louisiana loaded with bottled water, snacks and supply kits.  They will be joining the seven volunteers from the state of Maine and the more than 2,600 Red Crossers already in the region. 

Joyce Baron, a Red Cross Disaster Response volunteer has responded to multiple home fires in the state of Maine and been affiliated with the organization for the last year.  Previously from South Carolina and having experienced severe flooding firsthand, Ruth Lathrop is a Disaster Red Cross Response volunteer who has been with the organization for the last year and will be on her first deployment.   

Part of a fleet of 10 Emergency Response Vehicles from New England, the vehicle from Maine will distribute items to those impacted by the historic and devastating flooding.  As people in Louisiana head into week three of unimaginable devastation after floodwaters inundated parts of the state, seven American Red Cross in Maine volunteers remain by their side, providing shelter, food, relief supplies and comfort kits.

Since the flooding began, together with local, state and national partners, the Red Cross has:

- Provided more than 52,000 overnight shelter stays; 

- Distributed more than 210,500 relief items;

- Served more than 465,000 meals and snacks; and 

- Handled more than 24,000 calls from people seeking information and help.

Currently, Red Cross in Maine volunteers include Randy Eldridge (of Orland), Barbara Jurgen (of Arundel), Darlene Helms (of Hampden), Dotty Lanphear (of Camden), Margaret Rode (of Tenants Harbor), Sharon Collin (of Cumberland Foreside) and Todd Tisdale (of Farmington) are in the region working tirelessly to provide support and comfort during this historic flooding.

Since the beginning of the year, the American Red Cross in Maine has deployed more than 35 responders throughout the country to disaster incidents like the Orlando shooting, Flint, Michigan water contamination crisis, wildfires in California, flooding in West Virginia, Texas and Mississippi.  With more than 1,100 volunteers in Maine, the Red Cross responds to disasters big and small, including home fires, hurricanes and blizzards impacting the state. Learn how you can help by visiting, www.MaineRedCross.org.

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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. Learn more at MaineRedCross.org, on Twitter (ARC_Maine), or Facebook (American Red Cross of Maine).