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Spokane Red Cross Deploys 10 Volunteers In 24 Hours

SPOKANE, Wash. - In the last 24 hours the American Red Cross in Spokane has deployed 10 volunteers to places all over the country devastated by severe weather.

On Thursday one volunteer was deployed to Birmingham, Alabama while three others flew to Joplin, Missouri to help families recover from massive tornados. Joplin officials are still trying to account for 232 people.

The majority of volunteers, a total of seven, drove to Bozeman, Montana to help people recover from severe flooding. One rive alone in central Montana flooded a town under an estimated 6-feet of water .

Since Sunday storms and tornadoes have killed more than 140 people in four states.

Help has been pouring in from all over the country as heartbroken residents continue to pick through their meager belongings. Spokane Red Cross volunteers will be helping with everything from handing out supplies like blankets, food and water  to driving emergency response vehicles, and offering shelters.

Patrick Kelly just recently returned from Birmingham, Alabama but decided to deploy again Thursday, this time, to Joplin, Missouri. The local man has an inspiring reason to keep helping others.

"I just got over a life-threatening illness and I got the doctor's orders to go to Alabama the day before I left," Kelly said. "And it was just - after so many months of people helping me I just needed to give back."

The Red Cross expects to deploy a lot more people in the coming days.
If you'd like to volunteer, call the Spokane American Red Cross at (509) 326-3330 or stop by their building on 315 West Nora Avenue Spokane, WA 99205-4777

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