After 4 Disasters, Organization That Helps Others Needs HelpPosted: Updated:
After three hurricanes and the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the Red Cross needs help.
After natural disasters and a mass shooting in Las Vegas Red Cross officials say their resources are getting stretched thin.
The head of the American Red Cross in the north country says blood has already been sent to help hurricane victims and victims of the shooting in Las Vegas.
The Red Cross needs to replace that blood, so donations are always needed.
Red Cross officials say not to send supplies to hurricane-ravaged areas, make monetary donations instead. That way they can buy things in bulk.
One thing that's really needed, they say, is volunteers.
Jane Gendron, the executive director of the Northern New York Red Cross Chapter, says the response in places like Texas is still needed.
And when the Red Cross sends volunteers to disaster areas outside of New York, there are very few left to help out here at home.
"We have been stretched pretty thin with multiple deployments at the same time," Gendron said. "We had volunteers in Texas, in Florida, in Puerto Rico all at the same time. Even responses locally, it's a need that isn't going to go away."
If you want to volunteer, go to redcross.org and click on the Volunteer tab.
Gendron says training is free and a lot of it is done online.
As far as donating blood, there are upcoming drives:
- 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton.
- 10:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lowville Veterans of Foreign Wars.
- 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Airport Christian Fellowship in Dexter.