Judy Gregory, the disaster services director for the Red Cross Lakeland Chapter, says a couple of families volunteered to be hosts before help was even asked for.
says victims of Katrina have to go some place since rebuilding the Gulf Coast area is going to be a long process.Judy
believes it is every American's civic duty to help out victims in some sort of way.(Audio Here)As for volunteers and money being raised, Gregory
says things are going well.People have been coming in steadily to the Red Cross offices and donating money.
The volunteers will be trained by the Red Cross according to Judy Gregory
the disaster services director, and will work in three-week stints.(Audio Here)Gregory
said the first step is to fill out an application and go through the training and then the volunteers will get to go to the hardest hit areas.Gregory
did warn that when helping, volunteers would be living in the same conditions as the people who survived the disaster. (Audio Here)One of the hardest things about volunteering said Gregory
, was getting taking a break.She
said all the volunteers work hard and don't want to stop.The Red Cross is going to be looking for a lot of help over the next few months.
...Judy Gregory, the disaster services director, said the Red Cross is putting an emphasis on financial donations to get supplies down to areas that are off limits.
(Audio Here)Financial contributions can be given to the local Red Cross agency that is located at 430 Jefferson in Sturgeon Bay
.In addition to monetary donations, the Red Cross is in serious need of blood to help the survivors. (Audio Here)Gregory
said at the moment they are not accepting food donations or anything like that because there is no place to put it, and getting it down there is an issue.She
also said they offer assistance in locating family members who have medical or special needs.