Tallahassee Red Cross Volunteers Leave to Assist Hurricane Victims

They are headed to communities with lots of devastation, frustration and no power. Mark Kranenberg is gassing up. He will drive one of 30 Red Cross trucks into the heart of Ivan's handiwork.

He was sent to Florida from Grand Rapids, Michigan about a month ago and has been helping hurricane victims ever since.

Mark says, "The people that live here are really going through the trauma of this, losing their homes, losing their belongings, losing their sense of well being and security."

Dozens of Red Cross volunteers from all over the country got their marching orders in Tallahassee Friday morning.

Chris Floyd of the Capital Area Red Cross says, "We're sending over 30 of our mobile feeding trucks and our local mobile kitchen, capacity to do about 10,000 meals a day. There are literally 100 to 150,000 residents without power right now over in that area."

Jimmie Daniel, a Red Cross volunteer from Ohio, says, "Help assist those who do not have any food, can't get to it, can't fix it because of their power out and everything like that."

Twenty-two Red Cross trucks are headed to Pensacola, another six to Mobile, ready with a snack and a smile, and even a hot meal for thousands of storm weary Floridians.

Floyd says the Red Cross can always use more volunteers and donations are critical now that Florida is coping with the fallout from its third major hurricane. The number is 1-800-HELP-NOW.


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