More Kansans Heading To East Coast In Storm Relief Effort

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

More Kansans are being deployed to the east coast in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Today, the American Red Cross Midway-Kansas Chapter sent seven volunteers from Wichita to Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Boston. Other volunteers drove emergency response vehicles (ERV) from Wichita, Garden City, and Hays.

Volunteers Dana Tulk and Bruce Meyer took turns driving an ERV from Wichita to New Brunswick, N.J.

"I've met some wonderful people since I've been involved with the Red Cross. It's fun and it's a joy to do this," said Tulk. "And it's an honor and a privilege."

Since Saturday, the American Red Cross has sent 28 volunteers from Kansas to respond to Hurricane Sandy.

In addition, two employees from the Kansas Division of Emergency Management deployed to New York to assist with disaster recovery operations.

Financial donations are being accepted by the American Red Cross. To donate, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

You can also donate by visiting their official website by clicking here.

They are also asking for blood and platelet donations, as several blood drives were cancelled due to the storm.

The Wichita Blood Donation Center, 707 N. Main, will have extended hours from Nov. 1 to Nov. 8.

Thursday, Nov. 1 , 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 2, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 5, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 8, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

To visit the Wichita Blood Donation Center website, click here.

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