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Local volunteers depoly to tornado ravaged Alabama
Local volunteers depoly to tornado ravaged Alabama

Winter Haven, FL -- Two Polk County volunteers are among 16 from the American Red Cross Mid-Florida Region who are on their way to Hoover, Alabama.

Bobbi and Russell Miller left Winter Haven Friday morning in an Emergency Response Vehicle.

The husband and wife team will assist in the relief efforts for victims of the tornadoes that swept Alabama on Wednesday.

Both were inspired to volunteer several years ago after a hurricane destroyed their home and they decided to give back to the community after receiving assistance themselves.

The Mid-Florida Region has deployed a total of three Emergency Response Vehicles so far.

Once the volunteers arrive in Alabama, they will provide various services for the tornado victims, including:

  • Mass feeding
  • Nursing
  • Technology services
  • Mental health services
  • Caseworker
  • Shelter worker
  • Bulk distribution of items

The Mid-Florida Region expects more volunteers will be deployed in the days to come.

Those who want to help the people affected by these disasters, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

Their gift will enable the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other disaster assistance.

To make a donation, people can visit www.midfloridaredcross.org or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington D.C. 20013.

For more information please contact Laureen Martinez, Chief Public Relations Officer.

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