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Texas Red Cross sending volunteer to help with Sandy relief effort

Provided by American Red Cross North Texas Region

The American Red Cross is sending the first volunteer disaster relief expert to help families recovering from Hurricane Sandy which slammed into the eastern seaboard on October 29.

Stacy Barden from Earth, Texas, is preparing to head to White Plains, New York, on Saturday and other volunteers are projected to follow Monday. Barden is trained in Disaster Technology and Sheltering. However; a request from National Headquarters has been made for 500 volunteers for "Generalists" positions, which means he could be helping in other areas. Barden will be on the ground for up to three weeks.

"When natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy happen, it's the Red Cross that responds first by having volunteers ready to go at a moment's notice," said Shannon Smith, executive director, American Red Cross. "Times like this are the reason trained volunteers are so important to the Red Cross. Knowing what to do in a situation like Hurricane Sandy is what we prepare our volunteers for so they can act appropriately and help out wherever needed."

To date, the American Red Cross has operated 258 shelters across the area and utilized more than 3,000 trained disaster workers to be sure affected families have safe shelter, warm meals and relief supplies.

You can help the Red Cross deliver immediate relief in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and countless other crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Please visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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