Red Cross volunteers from western Massachusetts head to the southeast

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Hurricane Florence could be one of the strongest hurricanes on record to ever make landfall in the Carolinas.

As people evacuate and move inland and to shelters, the American Red Cross is sending volunteers to help. Volunteers from western Massachusetts are already being deployed down south.

“They’re going to be setting up shelters and setting up the feeding operation. They’re doing a lot of logistical work, moving supplies and trucks, anything they’re going to need,” said Mary Nathan, the Disaster Program Manager of the American Red Cross of Western Massachusetts.
Seven volunteers from western Massachusetts including Ellen Missale of Ware have been deployed to the region. “Right now I’m headed out to Virginia. I’ll be helping them in a shelter so I’m very pleased to be doing this today. I take great pride in helping those in need,” said Ellen Missale.

Missale has been volunteering with the Red Cross for 15 years and also helped out during hurricane Wilma.

If you would like to help you can donate to the Red Cross by logging onto or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

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