Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Local Red Cross volunteers heading south to help hurricane Harvey victims

Ravens donate $1 million to help Houston Local Red Cross volunteers heading south to help hurricane Harvey victims
Vera Richards | 03 September, 2017, 06:12

Donate to the Red Cross online here. A family of four with two pets asked for shelter.

Governor Greg Abbott announced Monday he has activated the entire Texas National Guard in response to Hurricane Harvey, bringing the total number of deployed guardsmen to roughly 12,000.

Charlynn English volunteered with the Red Cross locally in 2007 and chose to come back as a volunteer after she saw all the devastating photos and videos of Houston. They could use funds to help care for these animals as well as local friends who would be willing to take in a foster pet.

Facebook users in the USA will see a donate box pop up at the top of the news feed. The Red Cross has mobilized a massive relief effort to staff many shelters and provide food and comfort. "And we can get you into training, so that you may be able to go down there in the weeks or months ahead".

Walmart has launched a customer campaign with the Red Cross to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief. Getting help in some areas will be challenging for some time due to devastating floodwaters and closed roads.

As now tropical storm Harvey returns to land in Louisiana, the rescue and cleanup effort continues in Houston. Roads are flooded, rail lines are shut down, airports closed and hundreds of thousands have no power. Texas Children's Hospital and 18 health clinics, centers, and public health departments had reached out to Direct Relief for aid, and on-the-ground staffers had purchased needed items ranging from refrigerators to basic hygiene items.

If you're anxious about where your donations will end up, now estimates indicate that almost 34,000 people sought refuge in 240 Red Cross and partner shelters across Texas Wednesday night. The company also will work on making shelters more comfortable by providing televisions, DVDs, games and stuffed animals for children as well as healthy snacks like fresh fruit. The day includes orientation and onboarding for new Red Cross volunteers, as well a comprehensive overview of Red Cross relief operations during large-scale disasters.

On Monday, emergency vehicles at the Red Cross in Farmington were packed up with supplies.

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