Red Cross in Lexington needs volunteers & donations for ‘Harvey’ victims

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- The American Red Cross chapter in Lexington has been doing all it can to help with relief efforts in Texas and is asking for the public’s help in supporting its mission.

Officials are asking for volunteers and money.

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They say they currently have more than 40 volunteers in Texas and have raised more than one-million dollars in Kentucky alone over the past week, but say the need for help continues to grow and won’t be resolved for a long time.

Officials say they are in dire need of more volunteers and are calling on anyone who has volunteered with the Red Cross in the past or has experience as a mental health professional to step up and help the victims of this catastrophic natural disaster.

With flood waters continuing to rise in many of the affected areas, officials say the recovery efforts have just begun and any help people can offer, even if it’s just a small cash donation, will be greatly appreciated.

“We are still in search and rescue mode. That’s our most important priority right now is to find people, rescue them, provide shelter and get their basic needs met. Our financial contributions that are raised here locally go directly there for that effort,” said Tawanda Owsley, executive director of the Bluegrass Area Chapter of the Red Cross.

If you are unable to become a volunteer, you can again donate financially by going to www.redcross.org/abc or you can stop by any Forcht Bank location or any locally-owned bank in Kentucky and make a cash donation that will go directly to the Red Cross relief efforts in Texas.