Hundreds of volunteers helping the victims of Hurricane Michael

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The third-most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland in recorded history left a huge path of destruction. Hurricane Michael destroyed homes, ripped roofs off buildings, and killed at least two people. 

“It’s always very, very sad when there’s a fatality,” said Jen Garutti, the executive director of the western Massachusetts chapter of the American Red Cross. 

The storm has weakened, but it’s still hammering the Southeast with heavy rains and high winds. 

The western Massachusetts Chapter of the American Red Cross has sent volunteers down to help those impacted by the storm, some are heading to the same areas hit by Hurricane Florence less than a month ago. 

“We’ve had hundreds of volunteers to go help those efforts,” said Garutti. “The Carolinas are looking for the second shift, the second group of volunteers because they’ve been down here since before the storms hit and it’s time for them to come home, and there’s new people going down there.”

Garutti told 22News that the Red Cross also needs blood donors. She said many blood drives get canceled when storms like Michael hit, creating an even larger shortage of blood. 

Garutti added that the Red Cross is always looking for new volunteers to help with relief efforts. 

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