American Red Cross sends volunteers from Bowling Green to help with hurricane relief efforts
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – In the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in Louisiana, the South Central Kentucky Chapter of the American Red Cross sent volunteers to help with the hurricane relief efforts.
“We’re happy to be able to send people from south central Kentucky that they can help and be a part of this recovery effort, and just give, give them some hope and know the country is on their minds, and they are there to support them, ”said Jennifer Capps, executive director of the section.
She adds, “We have two volunteers who went to work in the shelters, and we have one who went to work in spiritual care. They should therefore already be on the ground helping those who have been affected and displaced. “
With more than a million homes in Louisiana left without power as Hurricane Ida swept through, the damage left was so extensive that residents are being warned that it could be weeks before the power grid is restored.
“We just want them to know that the Red Cross is there, that we are, that we are able to provide them with a safe place to stay and eat. So that people can go home, they’ll be given cleaning kits and supplies so they can start, you know, if they can go home, start that cleaning process, ”says Capps.
The death toll is expected to rise in the coming days.
“Our spiritual care volunteer, she did a lot of things. She went to Florida earlier this year with the collapse of that building. So she did it, she just walks in and connects people to the community resources they need, helps them find that spiritual care locally to make that connection, and then just supports them through this process, ”adds Capps.
Capps says they’re always on the lookout for those with a heart to serve to help make a difference.
“In fact, we are actively recruiting volunteers. Right now, we have training coming up in September, where it’s kind of like a crash course where you’re going to get the basic information you need, and we’re asking people who are able to deploy during 14 days and are interested in working in a shelter or in the health services, they would either be a registered nurse or a paramedic, to contact us, ”explains Capps.
There are many ways to donate to Red Cross efforts. If you want to support disaster relief, go to Croixrouge.org.
You can also text IDA on 90999 and it will send a donation of $ 10 to support Red Cross relief efforts.
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