Local Red Cross volunteers travel to Texas in wake of Hurricane Harvey

KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL)- As people in Texas continue to feel the impact of Hurricane Harvey, some volunteers in our region have already been deployed to assist with the aftermath.

Volunteers with local chapters of the American Red Cross are already on the ground in Texas, helping with relief efforts.

Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Northeast Tennessee, Glenda Bobalik, told us one volunteer from their chapter is already assisting, and that two more volunteers will soon head to the gulf coast in an emergency response vehicle.

Bobalik said the vehicle is scheduled to leave Monday and will be filled with food, water, and cleaning supplies.

While two volunteers are headed toward Texas this week, Bobalik said they had another 12 volunteers waiting on standby.

The Mountain Empire chapter of the American Red Cross also sent two volunteers to Texas on Friday in order to help out with relief efforts.

News Channel 11 spoke to one of those volunteers over the phone Saturday afternoon.

Ryan Salyer of Kingsport told us he was deployed to Austin, Texas in order to assist victims in that area.

According to Red Cross officials, hundreds of volunteers from all over the country are on the ground now, working to help those impacted by Harvey. They say the Red Cross has enough shelter supplies in Texas to support 28,000 people and supplies for an additional 22,000 people are being sent in. The Red Cross also has tractor trailer loads of ready-to-eat meals, comfort kits, kitchen supplies and cleaning supplies in Texas.

The Red Cross says it has launched a “massive relief response” to the storm and needs financial donations to be able to provide immediate disaster relief.

Those interested can help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Donations can also be made by check mailed to American Red Cross, 660 Eastern Star Road, Kingsport, TN 37663. Indicate Hurricane Harvey in the memo area of the check.

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