SC Red Cross volunteers deploy to assist with West Virginia flooding, help still needed back home

VIDEO: SC Red Cross volunteers deploy to assist with West Virginia flooding, help still needed back home
Source: American Red Cross
Source: American Red Cross

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The American Red Cross of South Carolina has sent nearly 20 volunteers to help with flooding relief in West Virginia.

Meanwhile, regional communications officer Jennifer Heisler admits South Carolina is still hurting from the flooding in October.

"South Carolina still has some ways to go," Heisler said. "We're several months in now and some are still facing road blocks."

Heisler explained some South Carolinians are dealing with mold in their homes. Others, she said, are still without a home.

But, Heisler said, when disaster strikes, the Red Cross has to be ready. 
When Texas experienced flooding, around Memorial Day weekend, South Carolina Red Cross volunteers deployed to help.
South Carolina volunteers are also deployed in Texas, helping with the wild fires.

Heisler said the flooding in West Virginia has seen the most response from local volunteers.

"We've sent 30,000 meals and 43,000 relief supplies," Heisler explained.

From emotional support to food supply, Heisler says more help is needed.

Local volunteer Joie Harrison started helping the the American Red Cross in May because she saw the need.

"It's very crucial for Red Cross to have volunteers," Harrison said. "I've learned how much help people really need in their lives when there is a disaster."

Harrison has been volunteering with the American Red Cross for one month.
She hasn't been deployed, but says she recognizes the importance of lending a helping hand to those in need.

"It's awesome that they're reaching out to more than just people in South Carolina," Harrison said.

She encourages others to get involved.

"It's not enough to hear about disasters from word of mouth or on TV or on Facebook," Harrison said. "You should really reach out to people on organizations like the Red Cross."

To find out how you can help with American Red Cross relief efforts click HERE. 

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