Local Volunteers Sent to Respond to Gustav

Over the past week, your local Red Cross has sent 29 disaster response volunteers to the Gulf Coast, to help assist in the response to Hurricane Gustav. Make sure to check out our videos (see the righthand side of this blog) and see the news coverage of our volunteers being deployed!

Even though it was a holiday weekend, our Red Cross volunteers showed that they are always willing and ready to respond. Whether it was working in the office to help deploy volunteers down south or hopping on a plane to head to the Gulf Coast to assist in the immediate response, each effort is important and appreciated.

If you are interested in becoming a disaster volunteer, to help in the response to this and other disasters, locally and nationally, your local Red Cross will be hosting a volunteer orientation on September 4 at 9:30 am. Contact Connie Edwards at 616-456-8661 ext. 3108 or at cedwards@ggr.redcross.org for more information.

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year, disasters like the Hurricanes of 2008, by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to the victims of disaster. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster, please do so at the time of your donation. To make an online donation, go to www.redcross.org or your local chapter website at www.ggr.redcross.org. You can also call 1-800-HELP-NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish), as well as your local chapter at 616-456-8661. You can also use your cell phone to donate $5 to the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund by text messaging the keyword “GIVE” to “2HELP” (24357). Donations will appear on monthly bills or be debited from a prepaid account balance. All applicable text rates apply.

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