Tuesday, March 19, 2019

10 Red Cross Volunteers Deployed to Multiple Disasters

Once again, the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross has stepped in to help its neighbors throughout the country. 10Red Cross volunteers have deployed to various disasters.

Two volunteers are in Alabama helping residents recover after tornadoes impacted the area. Seven volunteers are currently in the Kansas/Nebraska area as record flooding inundates town after town. One volunteer is in Iowa as that area also experiences flooding.

Historic flooding continues to
impact several states throughout the country.
The South Carolina volunteers will be assisting in a variety of ways while deployed. Some volunteers will assist in providing hot meals to those who need them and others will be operating shelters. Their deployments will last between two and three weeks.

More than 585 people spent Sunday night in 20 Red Cross and community shelters due to flooding in Mississippi, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota. In areas where it is safe to do so, Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles are going through neighborhoods, distributing food and relief supplies.

The Palmetto SC Region of the Red Cross stands ready to send additional volunteers, as needed.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

American Red Cross Assistance Available after Edgefield Tornado

The Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross is providing financial and recovery assistance to Edgefield County residents after a tornado touched down Sunday night.

Since the storm hit, Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers have been working with partners to assess the damage left behind from the storm. Volunteers have begun providing financial assistance, for immediate needs and lodging, to several families whose homes were damaged or destroyed. Volunteers will also work with families throughout the recovery process.

 Residents are urged to call the Red Cross office in Aiken at (803) 641-4152 if their home was damaged or destroyed by the tornado. Volunteers will meet with the residents and begin the assistance verification process, which includes surveying the home and confirming it was damaged or destroyed in Sunday’s weather.

The Red Cross will continue to stay in contact with its partners to be sure the needs of area residents are being met.

HOW TO HELP Help people affected by disasters and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.  People can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER To join us, visit redcross.org today to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application.

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP People can download the free Red Cross Emergency App now to be ready in case of a disaster in their community. They can use the app’s “I’m Safe” button to connect with their loved ones. The Emergency App can be found in the app store for someone’s mobile device by searching for “American Red Cross” or by going to redcross.org/apps.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

For Second Year, Millions Turn to American Red Cross for Help after Record-Breaking Disasters

In a second consecutive year of record-breaking disasters, millions of people from coast to coast turned to the American Red Cross for shelter, food and comfort. Every step of the way, the Palmetto SC Region of the Red Cross was there to help.

This year, massive wildfires scorched more than 8.5 million acres. Dozens of local South Carolina Red Cross volunteers responded to those wildfires. What’s more, six major hurricanes impacted the United States in just three months, devastating communities across nine states, including right here in South Carolina.

A Red Cross volunteer hands out hot meals to a Conway, SC resident.
In just a few weeks’ time, the Palmetto SC Region of the Red Cross provided more than 24,000 overnight shelter stays with its partners, served more than 210,000 meals and snacks and distributed nearly 64,000 clean-up kits and other supplies to people impacted by Hurricane Florence.

“It has been a devastating year for so many people, including our neighbors in South Carolina,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer. “I have been so humbled by the compassion and care our volunteers have given to so many in need this year.”

LARGE DISASTER RESPONSES IN 2018 In the face of large crises this year, the Red Cross mobilized more than 14,000 disaster workers—90 percent volunteers—who:
  •        Served more than 8.2 million meals and snacks with partners
  •          Distributed more than 2.2 million relief items
  •          Provided more than 290,000 overnight shelter stays with partners
  •        Made more than 188,000 health and mental health contacts to provide support and care

A Red Crosser provides smiles and laughs to victims
of Hurricane Michael.
HOME FIRES MOST FREQUENT DISASTER Home fires are the nation’s most frequent disaster, accounting for the vast majority of disasters that the Red Cross responds to in the U.S. This year, the Red Cross has provided recovery support for more than 73,000 households affected by home fires.

Our work continues today, as families face increased fire risks from heating equipment, decorations and cooking during the holidays and winter months. That’s why we’re working to keep people safe through our Home Fire Campaign. With generous support and local partners, Red Cross volunteers go door-to-door to install free smoke alarms and help families create home fire escape plans. 

In 2018, we:
·         Installed nearly 400,000 smoke alarms
·         Reached more than 219,000 youth through preparedness programs
·         Made more than 165,000 homes safer through home fire safety visits

In addition to this, the Red Cross was in communities every day collecting lifesaving blood. Last year, the Red Cross collected nearly 82,000 units of blood.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

History-Making Hurricane Season Ends; Red Cross Work Continues

After five months, a history-making hurricane season ends today. While the season may be ending, the American Red Cross continues to deliver relief and comfort to impacted communities.

Brionna, age 5, sits close with Linette Ransom
at the Mullins Recreation Center.
In the last five months, the Red Cross has served more than 3.4 million meals and snacks with its partners, distributed more than 642,700 relief items and provided more than 182,000 overnight shelter stays to people impacted by various hurricanes.

One of those storms impacted communities here in South Carolina. The Palmetto SC Region of the Red Cross was right there, helping our neighbors before, during and after the impact from Hurricane Florence. Together with its partners, the Palmetto SC Red Cross served more than 210,000 meals and snacks and provided more than 24,000 overnight shelter stays.

Throughout this hurricane season, 360 disaster workers from South Carolina deployed to eight hurricane responses, including Hurricane Florence. Many of them deployed multiple times.

A group of volunteers, assisting with the Red Cross
Hurricane Florence relief efforts, gather for a photo.

“The work from our disaster workers this hurricane season has been inspiring,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer. “Again and again these heroes jumped right into action to help our neighbors, both here in South Carolina and across the country. We are so thankful for them and their unwavering commitment to preventing and alleviating human suffering.”

In addition to responding to hurricanes, local Red Cross disaster workers also responded to wildfires in California and other devastating disasters. Currently, seven people are in California.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Severe Blood Shortage: Blood and Platelet Donors Urgently Needed

What: The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage and urges eligible blood and platelet donors to give now.  

Why: The Red Cross collected over 21,000 fewer blood and platelet donations during September and October than what hospitals needed. The shortfall in donations is largely a result of fewer groups signing up to host blood drives over the last two months. Additionally, hurricanes Florence and Michael forced thousands of blood and platelet donations to go uncollected due to widespread blood drive cancellations that further depleted the blood supply.

How can I help: 
1.     Make an appointment to give blood or platelets by downloading the free Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  
2.     Let your friends and family know there is a blood shortage and ask them to #GiveNow. Eligible donors of all blood types are needed to help ensure the Red Cross can meet the needs of patients every day and is prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood. 
3.     Bring someone to donate with you.  
4.     Host a blood drive this winter to prevent a prolonged blood shortage.

When: Now. Your support can help ensure that blood products are there for trauma victims, premature babies, patients going through cancer treatment and others who rely on the generosity of volunteer donors.  

Jessicca Haveman knows the impact of blood donations,
so she gives as often as she can.
Who needs blood: Jessicca Haveman needed an emergency cesarean section to give birth to her daughter. Because her blood was not clotting normally, Jessicca had to receive three blood transfusions. Today, she is thankful for the blood products that were available in her time of need, and she donates to give back.

“I couldn’t imagine having to go to the hospital and be told my or my child’s life couldn’t be saved because there is no blood available,” said Jessicca.

Every day, volunteer blood and platelet donors across the country are needed to help save lives.

Don’t wait. Donate.  

Monday, November 12, 2018

South Carolina Red Cross Volunteers Deploy to California

Volunteers from the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross have once again left their homes to help people in need. This time in California as wildfires rage out of control.

A wildfire evacuee watches the news while
staying in a Red Cross shelter.
So far, six volunteers from South Carolina have deployed to California. Three volunteers are helping with the Camp Fire. The other three volunteers are assisting with the fires in Ventura Country. While in California, the volunteers will be assigned to specific jobs, which include providing hot meals to those in need, coordinating the movement of needed supplies or providing disaster spiritual care to evacuees staying in shelters.

“I am in awe of our volunteers who continue to help our neighbors in need,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer. “Their passion for helping other is endless, and their dedication to the Red Cross is unmatched.”

Two volunteers are from the Lowcountry SC Chapter (Ladson and Summerville). One is from the Central SC Chapter (Columbia). One is from the Eastern SC Chapter (Conway). Two are from the Upstate SC Chapter (Abbeville).

This is in addition to the 12 volunteers who are in North Carolina and Florida assisting with the recovery efforts for Hurricanes Michael and Florence.

If you want to volunteer with the Red Cross, go to redcross.org/volunteer to fill out an application.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Red Cross Offers 10 Tips to Keep Trick or Treaters Safe This Halloween

Be sure to stay safe this Halloween
by using the 10 Red Cross tips below! 

In just one day, little witches, ghosts, pirates and super heroes will take to the streets for trick or treat fun, and the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross has tips to help everyone stay safe while enjoying Halloween.

Here are the top ways for parents to keep the kids safe while getting ready for Trick or Treat.

·         Make sure trick-or-treaters can see and be seen.
o    Use face makeup instead of masks. Masks can make it hard to see.
o    Give kids a flashlight to light their way.
o    Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
o    Have everyone wear light-colored clothing.
  • Use flame-resistant costumes.
  • Plan the trick-or-treat route in advance – make sure adults know where their children are going. A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children door-to-door in neighborhoods.
  • It’s not only vampires and monsters people have to look out for. Be cautious around animals, especially dogs.
  • Walk, don’t run.
  • Only visit homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door – never go inside.
  • Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street.
o    If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic.
o    Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross only at the corner.
o    Don’t cut across yards or use alleys.
o    Don’t cross between parked cars.
o    Use extra caution if driving. The youngsters are excited and may forget to look both ways before crossing.
·         Make sure a grown-up checks the goodies before eating.
    • Make sure to remove loose candy, open packages and choking hazards.
    • Discard any items with brand names that you are not familiar with.

And finally, for those planning to welcome trick-or-treaters to their homes, follow these safety steps:
·         Light the area well so young visitors can see.
·         Sweep leaves from your sidewalks and steps. Clear your porch or front yard of obstacles someone could trip over.

Download the free Red Cross First Aid App for instant access to expert advice in case your ghost, goblin or super hero has a mishap. Use the Emergency App for weather alerts and to let others know you are safe if severe weather occurs. Find these and all of the Red Cross apps in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Palmetto SC Red Cross Volunteers Deploy to Florida, Georgia

As residents in Florida and Georgia just begin to recover after Hurricane Michael, the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross is stepping in to help.

Shelter residents talk with a Red Cross volunteer
in the days after Hurricane Michael.
 As of Monday morning, 18 volunteers from South Carolina are heading to Florida or Georgia. The volunteers are deploying to help with various aspects of the Red Cross response. Some will be assisting with the sheltering effort, some will be working to coordinate the movement of needed supplies and others will be providing emotional support to those impacted by the historic storm. 

Six volunteers will be leaving from the Lowcountry chapter; four will be leaving from the Central chapter; four will be leaving from the Upstate chapter; four will be leaving from the Eastern chapter.

“When I see the images of the devastation from Hurricane Michael, my heart breaks for everyone impacted,” said Louise Welch Williams. “When Hurricane Florence impacted us, we received such generous, nationwide support from volunteers. While we are still helping people recover from Florence, our neighbors in Florida and Georgia need that same support.”

A Red Cross worker entertains 15-month-old
Cavaughn Trusty.
Over the weekend, more than 2,000 people stayed in as many as 27 Red Cross and community shelters across Florida, Georgia and Alabama. More than 1,000 Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground to support relief efforts. The Red Cross has already severed 125,500 meals and snacks. The organization has pre-positioned enough shelter supplies to support some 15,000 people.

Monday, October 8, 2018

From Resident to Red Cross Volunteer: A Conway Resident Gives Back

Story by: Barbara Weber, American Red Cross Volunteer

When Karin Krauss moved to Conway, South Carolina three years ago she had no idea she would one day be in the midst of a major American Red Cross disaster relief effort right in her home town.

After Krauss moved to Conway, she became friends with her neighbor, Karen Williams. Williams and her husband have been volunteering with the Red Cross for several years. They told Krauss how much they enjoyed the adventures they had traveling around the country providing food, supplies and comfort to people in dire circumstances due to disasters.

Karin Krauss, event-based volunteer, helps
unload meals from an emergency response vehicle.
So when Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas, dumping over 10 trillion gallons of rain and flooding the town of Conway, Krauss decided it was time to get involved. She was inspired to join the Red Cross efforts in helping the local residents impacted by the devastating flooding, just as volunteers from across the country arrived to help.

“I thought of a lot of people and how lucky we were at the other end of Conway that we didn’t get any of the flooding. I wanted to really see how I could go help out some of these people who didn’t have what they needed,” said Krauss.

Turns out, her help was needed, too. Williams told Krauss that the Red Cross was inviting volunteers to join the team, so she signed up to become an event-based volunteer. To date, more than 450 Red Cross disaster workers from all over the country have been in South Carolina helping shelter, feed and comfort people affected.

“When it really struck close to home I thought this is the time for me to really jump into this, so it just made sense,” said Krauss.

Krauss hands out a free, hot meal to a resident in need
after Hurricane Florence. 
Krauss hit the ground running by supporting the Red Cross mobile feeding efforts in Horry County. She tirelessly loaded supplies on and off Emergency Response Vehicles, working with Williams and her husband to deliver hot meals, snacks and water to fire stations, community centers, and neighborhoods where people had been unable to get out for days due to the extreme flooding. So far the Red Cross and its partners have served nearly 200,000 meals and snacks in South Carolina.

“Karen and her husband are wonderful helpful people, and to be part of this with them has been a real joy,” said Krauss.

Krauss is now an official Red Cross volunteer and is planning on moving forward playing an active role as a local volunteer. She said she didn’t realize all that the Red Cross does in addition to the major disaster relief efforts and is excited to learn more about the different services the Red Cross offers.

If you are interested in helping others by volunteering with the Red Cross please visit www.redcross.org/volunteer to find out more and to sign up.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

From Maria to Florence: "Please take us to the Red Cross"

Story by: Kate Walters, Cindy Huge and Andrea Carlson, American Red Cross

“When the guys from the National Guard came in a boat to rescue us, the first thing I wanted to know was the location of the nearest Red Cross shelter,” said Jose Perez.

Rosaura Rosaria, Jose’s wife, laughs nervously when she says hurricanes seem to follow them.

Kate, a Red Cross volunteer, helps translate
for the Perez family.
They were in Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria devastated the village where Rosaria grew up. Their children were only one and seven then. When their home was destroyed, Rosaria and Perez took the girls to stay with her mother in a small village in the Rio Yunque National Forest. The Red Cross was there providing meals for the people of the small village after power to the island was cut off.

After surviving Hurricane Maria, Rosaria and her husband had been working hard to provide a stable life for their family after the destruction. Disappointed with the pace of recovery and reconstruction on the Caribbean island, they joined the almost 200,000 other Puerto Ricans who have chosen to immigrate stateside, making the big move away from their extended families and coming to South Carolina in search of a more comfortable environment.  

The family arrived on August 15, 2018 just in time for Rose to settle in as a 3rd grader at Daisy Elementary School in Horry County. An educator herself, Rosaria proudly carried a copy of her college transcripts and teaching certificate and checked in with the local school district in search of a teaching position utilizing her strong Spanish skills. Perez secured work on a landscaping team.  The family’s “new normal” was beginning to take shape when Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday, September 14th, shaking up their lives once again.

The family evacuated inland and spent six nights in a hotel as the hurricane blew through. That stay depleted their resources. The family had no choice but to return home, knowing that the rising river levels would undoubtedly crest and flood their home.

The Perez family smiles outside of a shelter
alongside Red Cross volunteers.
In the middle of the night, that fear became reality.

The family couldn’t escape. They desperately awaited the National Guard, which arrived by boat and carried the family to safety. Eight days after Florence made landfall, the family once again found shelter with the Red Cross.

In the darkness, Perez remembered that Red Cross volunteers had set up shelters and distributed food and other supplies in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. He asked the men in the boat if there was a Red Cross shelter nearby where he could take his family. The National Guard immediately transported them to the Red Cross shelter at Loris Elementary School in Loris where Rosaria and Jose, their two daughters and a cousin were welcomed by volunteers.

“We were worried about staying in a shelter with the girls. It turns out that they really love it here. People bring them gifts and play with them all day. Things are actually stable here. They like the schedule,” said Rosaria.

Juliette, the youngest daughter is full of life. Her infectious smile is irresistible. Her bounding energy lights up the shelter and its residents.

She was forced to part with her favorite stuffed animal, Paca the horse, when they fled their home. At the shelter, she was given a new “Paca the horse” and has been content ever since. Paca has become the shelter mascot.

Juliette smiles with the new Paca, the horse.
“Since they arrived, this family has brought joy and vitality into our place of refuge. They’ve done much more for us than we could ever do for them,” Cindy Owsley, a Red Cross volunteer beamed.

Despite this young family having to rebuild now twice from natural disasters, they continue to make the best of each situation they are dealt. Knowing they have the Red Cross to lean on and get support from, helps make these situations a little easier. 

Monday, October 1, 2018

Red Cross Clean-Up Kits Help Ease the Recovery Process

Story by: Cindy Huge, Kate Walters and Cuthbert Langley, American Red Cross 

Brian Lodge isn’t changing anything.

“I’ll take the good with the bad,” he says throughout a drawn-out sigh.

Brian Lodge shows the water line on his Mullins home.
Lodge’s home sits next to the Little Pee Dee River in Mullins.  He knew the river could flood. He knew water could eventually end up inside his home. Over these last few weeks, both of those things happened. In fact, the water line reached over his head.

The rains from Hurricane Florence caused the river to swell over its banks and into Lodge’s home. Now that the river has returned to a somewhat tranquil pace, Lodge has come back home to begin cleaning up, with help from the American Red Cross.

For several days, the Red Cross has been distributing clean-up kits throughout Lodge’s neighborhood and other impacted areas. So far, nearly 3,000 of those clean-up kits have been distributed to people, like Lodge, who need them.

Amidst debris, Lodge begins his recovery with help
from a Red Cross clean-up kit.
With his bucket of supplies in hand, Lodge starts looking through to see what’s inside. Sifting through, he finds a foldable broom, gloves, cleaning supplies; the forlorn look on his face was quickly replaced with a delighted smile when he found a stiff brush. He had been searching local stores for one, but they were sold-out. He also found a mask to protect him from debris and any mold that could be growing.

“You never understand the strength of groups like the Red Cross until you go through something like this,” he said.

Hurricane Florence affected many people in Lodge’s community. He is the band director at a local high school that became a Red Cross shelter. In fact, Lodge said many of his students were there, too.

Lodge puts together a foldable broom
he received from a clean-up kit.
“I’m sure many of my students and their families have been deeply affected by Hurricane Florence,” he said. “I’m looking forward to seeing them next week.”

He will see them next week as normalcy continues to slowly return to Mullins. Schools will begin to reopen. But, the work is just beginning.

“Sometimes I just want to sit down, but I must keep on working,” Lodge said.

The Red Cross will continue to be there, helping to bring a renewed sense of normalcy to South Carolina.  The organization continues to stay in close contact with local emergency management to meet any needs that arise in the communities Florence hit.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Red Cross Volunteers Help Georgetown Evacuees Find Comfort and Connection

Story by Kate Walters, Cindy Huge and Andrea Carlson

As a Red Cross volunteer, service is always focused on the people in need.  That’s what motivates volunteers, Carlos Ortiz of Florida and Bob Farr of Michigan. One of their many duties is to help evacuees find solace in a shelter in Georgetown, South Carolina, as the town awaits the crest of the rising waters and the potential for more floods.

Carlos Ortiz and Bob Farr discuss shelter plans for the day.
Flooding is still a concern for residents in Georgetown until the rivers begin to recede. Relationships with government partners and county Emergency Operation Centers as well as expert data allows the Red Cross to stay up to date with the latest weather concerns and water levels.

Each day, dozens of volunteers compare and analyze the latest models and numbers to determine where shelters are needed, how long they are opened and what the needs are for that community.

The Red Cross then relies on volunteers like Carlos and Bob to help make each shelter feel comfortable like home. From making sure evacuees have activities and games to keep them busy in the common areas, hot food in the cafeteria, even making sure each person has a space that is just for them.  

“They may be sleeping on cots, but the cots have been strategically placed in the most quiet
and private places possible,” says Carlos.

Ortiz and Farr unload comfort kits for clients.
Carlos prefers to hang out at the shelter during his off hours, too, so that he can build a stronger bond with its residents. He says, his favorite time is spent inside the shelter is when meals are shared. It has given him time to allow friendships to develop and people are most relaxed.

“Sometimes a client just needs to be heard. Being available is an essential part of being a volunteer,” he says.

These extraordinary men consider it their privilege to serve the people of Georgetown. The people, in turn, are grateful for their compassion and kindness.

The Red Cross will continue to be here for the residents in Georgetown, providing everything we can, as long as it is needed. From shelters, food, clean-up supplies and support.

All of this is possible, thanks to the amazing support from donors around the world. Please click, test or call to donate to the Red Cross to help people affected by disasters big and small. Visit Redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text the work REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Distribution of Supplies and Support: Red Cross Helps Mullins Residents

Story by: Andrea Carlson, American Red Cross

Highway 76 in Mullins doesn’t normally experience a rush hour, especially at 2 p.m. on a weekday. But Tuesday, the community came out in droves to receive much-needed supplies from the American Red Cross.

Volunteers work to load bleach and water
into a Mullins resident's car.
“I think this is awesome, just awesome,” said Mullins resident Wodie Ellis. “The Red Cross is awesome. You are really helping. People are coming out and getting things they need.”

Eight box trucks filled the parking lot, packed with emergency supplies like shovels, rakes, cleaning supplies, food, water and snacks. Volunteers worked for several hours under the hot South Carolina sun, making sure everyone received the items they needed to begin recovering from Florence.

“I will be out to help as long as I need to,” said Lisa Baker, a Mullins resident. “We were spared by Florence, so as soon as we had the opportunity to come help with the Red Cross, we were here.”

A Red Cross volunteer looks at stacks of
newly delivered clean-up kits.
In just over an hour, more than 250 emergency clean-up kits were distributed to the community and hundreds more were ready to be handed out. The Red Cross distributed nearly 1,000 kits in just two days.

“It’s been a hard few weeks, and it still isn’t over yet,” said Red Cross volunteer Terry Davis. “We are still at risk for flooding and many people in our community are still under water. .’

Nelson Davis, a longtime resident of Gresham, was just one of the many who lost significantly in Hurricane Florence’s wrath.  The storm filled Nelson’s home with rain and debris. Members of his family were forced to evacuate to a Red Cross shelter.

“We got hit pretty hard,” Nelson said. “We had a lot of water and couldn’t get in or out. The men stayed at the house as long as we could and the ladies went to a shelter.”

He appreciated the effort from everyone who was there to help. Even the local high school football team came out to fill vehicles with those much-needed supplies.

A Red Cross volunteer hands supplies to
a member of the Mullins High School football team.
“This is a great effort from everybody. Some of us don’t even have water or food. So, to be able to come get those items today, it’s a big deal,” says Nelson.

Even as the hot sun bounces off the black parking lot pavement, dozens of volunteers worked around the clock to provide supplies to people, like Nelson. One of the youngest volunteers is 13-year-old, Lex Baker.

“I love this,” he said. “I am so happy that we are helping. Kids my age can do so much for their communities. I am even coming back out with my Boy Scout group to volunteer for the Red Cross.”

Several sites have been identified where emergency supplies will be distributed and handed out to people who need it most in the coming days and weeks. The goal of the Red Cross is to make sure people have the support and materials they need to pick up the pieces and start to rebuild after Hurricane Florence.