SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Red Cross here Springfield said that rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey could take months, and that more donations and volunteers are still needed.
Donations to the Red Cross help the organization provide food, relief supplies, shelter and recovery planning in areas struck by disasters.
Some 30,000 people are in shelters across Texas as rain continues to hammer the state. The American Red Cross has volunteers on the ground in Texas trying to help people cope and recover.
Even though Harvey has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, heavy rain continues to drench the state and volunteers themselves are forced to overcome obstacles to actually access the hardest hit areas.
Jamie Campbell, a Red Cross volunteer told 22News about how she felt about the opportunity to help the victims.
“Excited, but not that it’s happening, but that I have the opportunity to help,” said Campbell. “It’s awful what you see on TV, so to be able to represent someone like the red cross. and just like your love for people, and be able to go and be able to help.”
On average, .91 cents on every dollar you donate is invested in helping victims recovering from these disasters. The organization does honor donor intent, so you designate your donation go specifically towards relief.
The Red Cross is currently running 73 shelters across Texas, housing more than 15,000 overnight. The Red Cross of western Massachusetts said stories from 22News have helped draw both donations and volunteers.
“WWLP is a great community partner with us at the American Red Cross, and our phones are very busy ringing,” Jen Garutti the Executive Director told 22News.
The organization is asking for donations of funds, but also of your time as well. Volunteers go through a background check, online training courses, and courses here at the Red Cross before becoming full-fledged Red Cross Volunteers.