Local Red Cross volunteers set out for region affected by Sandy - Tucson News Now

Local Red Cross volunteers set out for region affected by Sandy

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

While people on the east coast are still picking up the pieces after Superstorm Sandy wrecked New York and New Jersey, local volunteers are on their way to lend a hand.  Four volunteers with the Southern Arizona Red Cross packed up a couple of emergency vehicles and set out Saturday morning.

They will join the more than 3,800 other volunteers who are working to provide food and health services to those affected by the storm.

 "They've been through a lot and they're tapped out as far as emotions and they don't know how to feel or what to feel," says Diana Thibault.  She has been a volunteer for two years so this isn't her first time interacting with people who have lost it all.

"We will work long days, could be 10, 14 hour days getting foods to these people," says Thibault.

Brett Bennett is on disaster deployment for the first time.

"We need to get in and figure out what the numbers are," says Bennett, "It's sort of a math game where we have to see who needs what."

These volunteers will likely coordinate with experts in the field to provide health services and emotional support.  They're main goal is to hand out meals to those in need.

"We have an intercom system that you can go down and let people know food is available," says Bennett.

If you want to keep up to date on the local volunteer effort, check out the Facebook page for the Southern Arizona Red Cross http://www.facebook.com/RedCrossSAZ

World Care plans to pack supplies destined for the east coast on Monday morning.  If you would like to help, here is a list of needed supplies and drop off sites http://worldcare.org/collection-for-hurricane-sandy/ 

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