Two more volunteers join in flood relief efforts

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Louisiana received two more volunteers from the Savannah area American Red Cross to help with flood relief efforts.

Volunteers, Mike Foley and Seth Sawyer, boarded a plane at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport Tuesday morning to lend a hand to families recovering from the Louisiana floods.

They will add to the nearly 100 Red Cross response vehicles that have spread across dozens of neighborhoods the last three weeks.Get Shortlink

Foley said it’s an effort he wants to join so he can help thousands of people without a home.

“I like helping people,” Foley said. “I think it’s my way to give back. I’ve been very successful in my life and comfortable and I’m giving back to people a little bit less fortunate than I am.”

But American Red Cross officials say a volunteer isn’t all they need.

“What the public can do — number one is help us financially,” Ester Shepard, an executive director with the American Red Cross, said. “American Red Cross is expecting to be on the ground for many months to come and that is a costly operation.”

Officials expect the cost to range from $30 to $40 million dollars. These expenses go towards the 611,000 meals and snacks served, the 305,000 relief items distributed and 18,000 health services provided.

So far, 15,000 people are seeking refuge in 13 Red Cross communities.

Volunteers are helping to replace items like medications and wheelchairs.

More than 29,000 Red Cross volunteers have stepped in to help.

If you would like to help, or donate, visit their website at www.redcross.org.

 

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