SWGA American Red Cross teams head to disaster areas

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Charities are working hard to provide relief, and you can send your donations to organizations including The Salvation Army, Samaritan's Purse, Save The Children, and the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.

Volunteers are loading up what they've collected and heading to Texas.

Her job with the Red Cross will be to help distribute emergency supplies in Houston.

"A lot volunteers were pre-deployed in advance of the storm, mostly volunteers that were in Texas so they were already at the shelters and already ready to accept people", she said.

Help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

The magnitude of the devastation in Texas won't be known for days, probably weeks yet.

"There's a great need and the Red Cross has specific duties to do down there that fills a nitch", Red Cross Volunteer, Dan Wall said.

"I can't watch it anymore, it breaks my heart", said Red Cross Regional CEO Louise Welch.

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"After Superstorm Sandy, so many cities stepped up to help our people".

Volunteers will load up one of the emergency response vehicles and hit the road around 9 a.m.

"Right now the best thing you can do to help the Red Cross and help the people there is to provide financial resources".

"This is really a unique disaster because we are still in the middle of the disaster". There is also a "Red Cross Wish List" of products that people can buy and donate to those affected by the storm and the flooding, including power strips, extension cords and crib sheets.

"As the water recedes and the rescue efforts come down, we'll be ready to go with waves of volunteers who have come in mass throughout the United States to set up shelters and feeding programs as well", explained Brubaker.

Page experienced several house fires by the time he was 5 years old and has been homeless so he knows what it feels like to lose everything, he said.

Make sure your donation is secure by going through an organization's official website or sending a check in the mail.

More are needed, Madrid said, and no special skills or training are required.



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