Altoona (WQOW) — Area Red Cross volunteers are heading to the Carolinas to offer relief from Hurricane Florence.
Tuesday morning, six volunteers left Altoona to head to shelters for those already evacuated from their homes along the Carolina coast.
Local Red Cross officials told News 18 this is a preemptive move to provide supplies and support for residents before the storm makes landfall.
Volunteers plan to be in shelters until the storm passes and will help with recovery until families are back in their homes.
“They’re used to it, this is what drives them. It makes them so happy to give back and feel that they can make a difference in people’s lives as they’re going through something that’s been so tragic,” said Kyle Kriegl, executive director of the Northwest WI American Red Cross.
Kriegl also said the Red Cross has resources, so those impacted, or their family and friends, can find out where evacuation shelters are and how to get help. You can find those by clicking here.