Three of our local disaster volunteers have deployed to help with relief efforts in Hattiesburg, MS after tornadoes ripped through the state on Sunday, February 10th.
Long-time Red Cross volunteers, Bob Levangie, Beverly Blackwell and Debbie Fauver, have deployed on multiple national disaster relief operations like Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy.
“I volunteer with the Red Cross because I know that people appreciate having someone there for them when they have lost everything,” said Levangie. “To get a hug from a Red Cross volunteer lets them know that someone cares.”
The tornadoes damaged homes and businesses, as well as the Red Cross chapter in Hattiesburg and one of its emergency vehicles. In response, the Red Cross has mobilized volunteers, dispatched relief supplies and response vehicles. Red Cross disaster workers are assessing damages, sheltering people and providing mobile feeding through hard hit areas in Mississippi.
You can help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, as well as countless crises at home and around the country, by making a donation to support the Red Cross. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.
To make a donation, visit Redcross.org, call (803) 540-1230 or mail a check to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 91, Columbia, SC, 29202.
If you would like to become a local Red Cross volunteer, please call (803) 540-1242.