Local Red Cross Volunteers deploy to assist with West Virginia flood relief operation

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Update: The American Red Cross Central Pennsylvania deployed an additional person to assist with the West Virginia recovery efforts. More deployments are expected.

Matt Leininger, of York, is the Executive Director of the Red Cross South Central Chapter based out of York. He will be leaving Tuesday morning and will assist with community partnerships under external relations.

CENTRAL PA — The American Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Region is deploying one Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) and two drivers to assist with the flood relief operation currently underway in West Virginia. More deployments are expected in the days and weeks ahead.

Ken Horting (Millerstown – Perry County) and David Baran (State College – Centre County) will be leaving this afternoon for West Virginia. They will be using the ERV to deliver and distribute food to people who have been impacted by the historic floods.

As of Sunday, more than 30,000 customers were without power. The Red Cross was operating 13 shelters that served 210 people for the night. So far during this operation, more than 10,000 meals and snacks have been served and close to 20,000 relief items have been distributed. Since the flooding began, there have been nearly 1,200 overnight shelter stays supported by the Red Cross.

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is provided free of charge and is made possible by the voluntary donations of time and money from caring individuals and, in part, by contributions given through the United Way. You can help people affected by disasters such as floods, fires, tornadoes and hurricanes by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Visit http://www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to learn more. Contributions may be sent to The American Red Cross, 1804 N. 6th Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102 or any of our other area offices.

Source: Red Cross Press Release


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