Locals To Go To Texas With Red Cross

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Volunteers from western Wisconsin on their way to provide support to people in Texas. Fox 25/48’s Amanda Tyler has more from the American Red Cross in Altoona to share how help from our area will have an impact.

Retirement looks a little different for Domenic Lalama.

“It’s hard duty, it’s not easy.”

The former special education teacher is getting ready to head to Texas Wednesday as one of the thousands of volunteers from the American Red Cross who is assisting in relief efforts as tropical storm Harvey continues to dump rain and cause massive flooding.

“I have a sense of adventure so this is a nice way to fulfill that need. I have a want to help people and do some good in the world.”

Lalama will fly to Houston from Minneapolis Wednesday. While he doesn’t know where he’ll end up providing support, he is ready to provide support in whatever way he can.

“I think that generally people are resilient and I think that when people need a hand when it is offered to them it helps both physically and psychologically.”

Kyle Kriegl is the executive director of the American Red Cross’s northwest Wisconsin chapter. He says over 60 volunteers from Wisconsin are being sent to help with relief efforts in Texas. He expects that number to keep growing.

“This is going to go on for months, years with the recovery efforts for the people of the gulf coast.”

He says more current volunteers are finalizing plans to leave for Texas in the coming days. On top of that, the Red Cross is already seeing a large interest from new volunteers ready to assist those in need.

“We have had a large number of people that want to be new volunteers but as you can imagine our system is taxed with our intake process for new volunteers. We ask that people be patient with us.”

Interested volunteers can head to the Red Cross website to find out more about relief efforts. The red cross says they are also accepting financial donations to assist in relief efforts.

In Altoona, Amanda Tyler Fox 25/48 News at Nine.

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