Local Red Cross sends help for Hurricane Matthew relief

West Central Indiana Red Cross is sending volunteers to the southeast coastline to help with disaster relief after Hurricane Matthew (Courtesy: Wendy Starr)
West Central Indiana Red Cross is sending volunteers to the southeast coastline to help with disaster relief after Hurricane Matthew (Courtesy: Wendy Starr)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The West Central Indiana Red Cross is sending 40 volunteers to the southeast coastline to help with disaster relief after Hurricane Matthew. A handful of those volunteers are from Lafayette.

Public affairs volunteer Wendy Starr said between national and local events, like Hurricane Matthew and the severe storms in Kokomo, help has been heavily needed by local Red Cross volunteers.

“So, some of those same folks that did respond to Kokomo are now responding to the southeast coast,” Starr said.

Forty volunteers from the central Indiana region have been sent to North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia to help with hurricane relief. Five of them are from Lafayette.

“We have several people that had to leave immediately,” said Starr.

Those volunteers make up the thousands of disaster workers deployed by the Red Cross nationally. Starr said the volunteers help out with a number of tasks.

“Anywhere between disaster assessment, client casework and sheltering.” said Starr.

She said as the damage gets worse, volunteers strive hard to make a small impact.

“Our job is to make people as safe and as comfortable possible,” said Starr.

It’s a quick call to action, but the volunteers are ready to help and feel proud to wear the red badge.

If anyone is interested in helping, the Red Cross expressed the biggest help is financial contributions. It will help the volunteers purchase food, water and supplies for the shelters.

Visit RedCross.org or text RedCross to 90999 to make monetary contributions.