Red Cross Deploying Volunteers To So California

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, October 24, 2007

So far, more than 75 local volunteers are assisting victims. Many of them helped out at the Angora Fire only four months ago. 

"A lot of the volunteers that we’re sending did assist us in Lake Tahoe. They’re all local people and they’re all ready to go and they have that wildfire experience."

Courtney Miller with the Red Cross says most of the volunteers will be working at various shelters in San Diego and Los Angeles. They’ll distribute meals and supplies.

She says they also have a group of workers who specialize in mental health services.

"…because as you can imagine people who have lost their home or who have had to evacuate on a moments notice with just the clothes on their back are pretty devastated and they have no idea what’s going on so it’s always good to have that shoulder to lean on."

The first wave of local volunteers left Sunday night. Red Cross expects to send more in the weeks to come.