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Red Cross Seeks Volunteers for Kentucky Relief Effort

Douglas Maggard, 63, stands next to the bridge leading to his daughter home that was destroyed during massive flooding, on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, in Chavies, Ky. Maggard says he called his daughter and told her to leave right before the water rushed in destroying the bridge. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

The American Red Cross is looking for a few good West Virginians to volunteer to help their Kentucky neighbors recently struck by a devastating flood.

The Red Cross says it has more than 250 trained volunteers in the state helping, but more people are needed.

To help fill this need, the Red Cross is holding virtual information sessions so people can learn how they can help and what training is required. The next “Deploying for Disasters” sessions are set for noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 17 and 10-11 a.m. Sept. 10. To register, email Katie.Thompson@redcross.org or call 304-962-7488. People can also visit rdcrss.org/3zsRTEb.

“The American Red Cross is working around the clock with our partners to provide shelter, meals and critical support to help those in need affected by the tragic flooding that has upturned lives and destroyed hundreds of homes across Eastern Kentucky,” according to a release from the organization.

Red Cross volunteers are helping to provide shelter, food and emotional support to victims of the disaster. They are also helping to replace people’s prescription medications, eyeglasses and medical equipment, such as wheelchairs — items left behind while escaping the floodwater.

For those who are not able to travel to the region, the Red Cross said money donations are welcomed. People can text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation, visit redcross.org or call 800-733-2767.

“If you are unable to deploy outside of your community, you can still help by assisting local disasters like home fires or other volunteer opportunities both in person and virtual,” the Red Cross notes.

The flooding in Eastern Kentucky on July 29-30, caused by 8-10 inches of rainfall happening in 48 hours, killed at least 37 people. About 1,300 people have been rescued.

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