BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A group of dedicated Red Cross volunteers left western New York to help families devastated after Hurricane Sandy. They left early Wednesday morning, departing on a seven-hour journey the to New York City area.
A group of Red Cross Volunteers are packed up and ready to go. They're on their way downstate, to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Volunteer Katherine Story said, "That's why we're all here. To help out in crisis."
The superstorm left millions without power. There's massive flooding, down trees, power lines and there's even homes that have caught on fire. New York City is one of three areas President Obama declared a disaster.
Volunteer Jose Latalladi said, "It's hard to see people going through what they're going through. But it's great to be there to be able to help."
Every person on this trip has a specialty. They're trained to help with a number of things, like medical services or assist in shelters.
"We're going for mass care to help people in shelters down there that are displaced because they have no place to go," said volunteer Normal Kehl.
"Setting up in shelters with cots, make sure people are fed and talk with them to make sure they don't have any other needs we can meet," said a volunteer.
One group of six left Wednesday morning for the Red Cross Operational Headquarters in White Plains, New York. Seven more are expected to join Wednesday night along with two emergency response vehicles.
The volunteers say millions of people woke up Wednesday morning without power or heat, and they will be out there for the next 14 days helping out.
The Red Cross understands that not everyone can take two weeks to volunteer. They said if families want to help they can do so by donating to the Red Cross. To donate to the Red Cross people can 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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