September 2, 2014

Volunteers trek to East Coast to help in superstorm recovery

Red Cross volunteers Tony and Dellaine Spencer of Panora, Iowa, preparing to leave for the East Coast.

Red Cross volunteers from the Siouxland area of Nebraska and Iowa are headed to the East Coast in the aftermath of the so-called superstorm. Chapter spokeswoman Tammie Pech, in Sioux City, says they’ve already sent five emergency response vehicles east.

“We’ve got 10 volunteers on those five trucks,” Pech says, “and we also have another group of volunteers helping out in a leadership fashion headed over to help the managers and help with government liasons and many more are on standby until we assess where the need is the greatest.”

She says the Red Cross members will be scattered all over the eastern part of the country.

“We will be all up and down the eastern seaboard at this time, obviously New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Viginia …Baltimore, Maryland, I know we had a crew going there. There’s just going to be a lot of areas where people are going to be in need,” Pech says.

If you want to help out, Pech says the best way is to make a donation to the Red Cross effort.

“A financial donation goes so far,” Pech says. “Just two dollars will provide snacks to kids who are in the shelters. Ten dollars provides a warm hot meal to shelter residents as they are waiting out the storm or until they get power restored to their homes.”

To donate, go to the website www.redcross.org, text the word “RedCross” to 90999 or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Just be aware that the 800-number is also the emergency line, so that may be tied up.