Local volunteers head to East Coast disaster zone

Local volunteers head to East Coast disaster zone

Local volunteers head to East Coast disaster zone

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by ROBERTA ROMERO / KING 5 News

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Posted on November 3, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 3 at 12:35 PM

SEATTLE - Two different groups are headed to the area devastated by Superstorm Sandy.

"We are ready and able to help out the people who were devastated by Hurricane Sandy," said Red Cross volunteer Gary Anderson.

Anderson is one of the volunteers who will be sharing driving duties on the five-day cross country trip.

"We just got our orders, we're supposed to go straight to the Aqueduct Racetrack in New York City, for our staging area," said Anderson.

"We don't know what to expect, I just want to be able to help,” said volunteer Nancy Pruitt.

The volunteers will be handing out hot meals to the thousands of people who find themselves without power or homes.
 
"I've seen the pictures on TV, but I'm sure it's going to be much worse once we get there," said Anderson. "I have no expectations, I hope we can make a difference.”
 
The volunteers will stay anywhere from 14 to 21 days. If the trucks are still needed, new volunteer crews will rotate in.

“We have no idea how long they might need us," said Anderson.

A convoy of Seattle Public Utility trucks and workers left Joint Base Lewis McChord on Saturday. The trucks and two five-member line crews will be loaded onto military planes and flown to the East Coast.

To make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief visit www.redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. You can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to local American Red Cross chapters or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

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