Ways To Help Kentucky Flood Victims

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By Elspeth Mizner

ERIE, Pa. (Erie News Now) – As Kentucky residents work to put the pieces of their lives back together following massive floods, over 250 volunteers the American Red Cross are already on the ground lending a helping hand.

Mary Rogers, the Executive Director of the Northwest Pennsylvania Chapter of the Red Cross said, “Some of them are local to Kentucky, but they have asked for outside help. So we have seven volunteers from the region and one volunteer from Northwestern Pennsylvania that is deployed.”

Rogers said the American Red Cross will help provide shelter and clean-up supplies for those devastated by the floods. She said no matter the situation, volunteers are ready to go in a moment’s time.

“We gauge up from a nightly response for a home fire to a ‘okay, this is something bigger, we need more people from our chapter or from our region, or state or national”, explained Rogers.

She said the American Red Cross wouldn’t be able to help provide assistance in as many situations without the help of volunteers spread throughout the entire country.

“We can’t do what we do without volunteers. 98% of every service we provide not only in disaster, but all of our services is provided by volunteers. They are absolutely the heart of the Red Cross and we are so thankful for people that are willing to give up their time and talent to help us, and help the people not only in our own community but across the country.”

But how can people at home help those in Kentucky? Rogers said if you can’t volunteer, it’s best to give money, “In these situations, it’s actually more beneficial to provide financial assistance, because many times if homes are majorly effected or destroyed, they don’t have any place to put items.”

If you want to make a financial donation, you can do it three ways, online at www.redcross.org calling 1-800-Red Cross, or by texting Red Cross to 90999 to automatically donate $10.


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