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New Jersey Red Cross volunteers deploy to help people across the country

At least 28 New Jersey Red Cross volunteers have headed to areas across the country that have been affected by disasters.

News 12 Staff

Sep 22, 2020, 1:13 AM

Updated 1,366 days ago

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At least 28 New Jersey Red Cross volunteers have headed to areas across the country that have been affected by disasters.
Rosie Taravella, of the American Red Cross, says there are about 15 significant disasters happening throughout the country.
"The largest responses going on right now are in Oregon right now for the fires and in Louisiana," says Taravella.
Alan and Barbara Smith, of Ocean County, are two volunteers who traveled to Oregon to help.
"We just are out there to help as many people as we can," the Smiths say.
Morris County resident Julie Siciliano was deployed to Tallahassee to help with Hurricane Sally relief efforts. John Loyer volunteered to help in California.
"I'm being deployed as a mass care manager so that could have anything from feeding to distribution of emergency supplies to shelter work," says Loyer.
Still others are able to make a difference right here in the Garden State by volunteering virtually. Taravella is helping with Hurricane Laura relief efforts inside the Disaster Operation Center in Fairfield.
Technology has become even more significant to the New Jersey Red Cross during the pandemic by allowing volunteers to make a difference from a distance.
Taravella will spend the next two weeks as a lead with the disaster operation in Louisiana.


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