Michigan Red Cross volunteers help provide relief in Oklahoma

More than 300 hundred Red Cross volunteers are on the ground in Oklahoma tonight, offering relief to those impacted by extreme flooding.

Ian Dyar is a regional Red Cross representative from Michigan, who described the effort in Oklahoma.

” We’re focusing on shelter efforts, we are feeding people. One of the unique things we are doing here are our emergency aid stations, where we have mental health personnel, health services nurses” Dyar said.

“Talking to people and making sure that they know, we are here for them”, Dyar said is one of the most important things the red cross are trying to do. In addition, hearing what they need and distributing materials such as water and clean up kits.

There are 27 Red Cross volunteers there from Michigan in all; Eighteen are in Texas and nine are in Oklahoma.

Joan Meinke a volunteer from Mason has been helping flood victims for 8 days so far.

“Its’ just been tremendous. This all started on May the 6th so, we are several weeks into assisting, assisting the victims, in the area that have suffered losses in the area because of these storms”, Joan Meinke, Red Cross volunteer said.

The message from all volunteers, the best way to help is by donating.

You can donate online at http://www.redcross.org/, or send the text REDCROSS to 90999 and a $10 donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief will be added to your bill.

 

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