Hawaiʻi Red Cross Volunteers Deploy in Response to Florence

October 1, 2018, 9:48 AM HST · Updated October 1, 9:56 AM
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September 19, 2018. Bennettsville, South Carolina.
Red Cross volunteer Sharon Decker hands out cooked meals to those in need at the Marlboro County meal distribution center. More than 7000 meals were delivered from 8 Emergency Reponse Vehicles. Photo by Michael G. Seamans/American Red Cross

A total of eleven Hawaiʻi Red Cross volunteers, including one from Maui, have deployed to North Carolina to help with the Red Cross response following flooding from Tropical Storm Florence.

The volunteers are providing assistance ranging from distribution of emergency supplies, recovery casework, sheltering, feeding and health services.

As Florence approached the Carolinas, more than 20,000 people sought refuge in more than 200 Red Cross and community shelters to escape the storm’s wrath.

As of Thursday night, more than 1,520 people remained in 26 Red Cross and community shelters in the region.   Working with partners, the Red Cross has served more than 921,600 meals and snacks throughout affected neighborhoods.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP The Red Cross response to this disaster depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. To help people affected by Hurricane Florence the public can visit redcross.org, call 1- 800-RED CROSS or text the word FLORENCE to 90999 to make a $10 donation.  Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.

Donors can designate their donation to Hurricane Florence relief efforts by choosing that option when donating on redcross.org or on 1-800-RED CROSS.

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