Houston Red Cross volunteers head to New Jersey for Sandy relief efforts

October 31, 2012 1:44:46 PM PDT
Victims of Hurricane Sandy will be getting a helping hand from people here in Houston.

Two local Red Cross volunteers are driving an emergency response vehicle to New Jersey to help in relief efforts. Joe Luna and Jill Franklin took off around noon Wednesday.

The truck left empty and will be loaded up with supplies on the way and at its final destination. Luna and Franklin will help prepare meals for storm victims.

"We have a chance to go up and help them. All the people from up north basically came down and helped us through our time of need during Ike and this big one in Isaac so now we have a chance to go and help them," Luna said.

Luna says he has taken part in about 30 disaster relief operations in the last 10 years starting with the space shuttle Columbia disaster.

The volunteers say they expect to work at least 13 or 14-hour days while there.

More than 250 Red Cross shelters have opened in the northeastern U.S. to help victims of Sandy.

If you'd like to help the victims of Sandy, you can donate to the American Red Cross in three ways: by visiting the website RedCross.org; by calling 1-800-REDCROSS; or by texting the word "RedCross" to 90999 to donate $10.


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