Red Cross volunteers from northeast Indiana help out with tornado relief

Published: Dec. 13, 2021 at 4:07 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - Volunteers in northeast Indiana are on their way down south to help with areas hit by those tornadoes overnight Friday into Saturday.

“It definitely makes it real that people in the matter of a day or two have stopped their life to go deploy,” American Red Cross representative Olivia Lusher said.

These volunteers were called into help after dozens of tornadoes tore through parts of six states. Possibly the hardest hit area was Mayfield, Ky., where the town was decimated in the storms.

13 of the volunteers live in Indiana and were sent to disaster zones.

“Some of those areas specifically of help are health services, mental health and spiritual care,” Lusher said. “We’re not limited to those. We welcome volunteers who are ready to go.”

Lusher says the organization will need more than 100 new volunteers. The group has been busy this year.

In September, ABC 21 caught up with members of the group who responded to Hurricane Ida. They loaded up and went down to Louisiana. Lusher says all of these natural disasters takes a toll on the volunteers, but she says this one is different.

“This one hits close to home because the ‘Indiana Region’ is not just Indiana,” Lusher said. “I help with part of Ohio, my colleague helps with part of Kentucky. My other colleague helps with Illinois.This is home, this is the mid-west.”

As crews respond to yet another disaster, Lusher is hopeful for a recovery and says members of the Red Cross will be there as long as it takes.

“When people deploy, this disaster response could go on for weeks,” Lusher said. “So I know we’re in the middle of the holidays and people want to be with their families.”

You can help out by donating to the red cross on its website, or you can contact them at 1-800-HELP-NOW.

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