As the South and Midwest recover from their string of disastrous weather, volunteers from the perpetually-temperate Central Coast are providing relief on behalf of the Red Cross of Santa Barbara County.
Over 20 volunteers from Santa Barbara County have joined the 10,000 from across the United States, who, since March 31, have collectively provided thousands of shelter stays, comfort and cleanup kits, and 1.8 million meals and snacks throughout the storm-ravaged region, one of the largest such operations in the organization’s history.
Volunteers from Santa Barbara have been in the region for a number of weeks already; though some are returning, still others are departing to assist in the cleanup of Joplin, MO. “Today, our region stands ready to deploy more volunteers if necessary,” said Jim McGee, regional CEO of Santa Barbara County Red Cross, in a prepared statement.
As always, the efforts of Red Cross organizations from Santa Barbara and across the nation depend on donations of time, money, and blood. Opportunities for donation can be found at www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Texting “REDCROSS” to 90999 will add a $10 donation to the Red Cross to your cell phone bill.