Savannah volunteers with Red Cross in Texas to help hurricane victims

Savannah volunteers with Red Cross in Texas to help hurricane victims

Dozens of local Red Cross volunteers are preparing to head to Texas to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Nearly 1,000 Red Cross volunteers from around the country are on the ground, the Red Cross said Wednesday in a news release.

With the need for help after Hurricane Harvey expected to continue for months, the 35 area Red Cross volunteers are learning about mass care and helping with shelters, which is the main goal.

News 8's Brian Spyros is at a Red Cross location in Farmington with more on what the Connecticut Red Cross is doing to help in the video above.

At one point the Red Cross office in Meridian had more than 300 volunteers, but all were not active.

For many, it will be their first time volunteering with disaster relief. However, when said competition actually inspires others to donate more and more, it can only be considered a good thing.

The now trained volunteers that came out Saturday will be put on a list to be selected for deployment in the coming weeks.

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The Red Cross will cover all training and travel costs for individuals who are deployed.

"Donating the money allows us to get the necessities to those who are affected immediately", she said. Kevin Hart, Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, Chris Young and Dwayne Johnson are among other big stars who have done what they can to help.

They're prepared and operating out of more than 200 emergency response vehicles that were sent to the Gulf states from as far away as NY.

If you want to lend a helping hand to Hurricane Harvey disaster victims, The American Red Cross of Greater St. Louis is ready to train you.

Red Cross Southern Maryland chapter has about 400 volunteers in St. Mary's, Calvert, Charles and Anne Arundel counties, according to Marshall.

Thousands of volunteers are needed to become a part of the Red Cross and help in the relief efforts down south. We have volunteers that are from all walks of life and we have a common bond.

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