Local volunteers help with Hurricane Laura relief efforts

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CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – As Hurricane Laura continues to make its way across the states, people here in Charleston are volunteering their time to help those affected by the powerful storm.

800 men, women and staff with the American Red Cross are stepping in to help with relief efforts, and it’s for more than just Hurricane Laura.

“We here locally actually have several people that have deployed to the hurricane, as well as to the derecho, the Midwest and to the hurricanes and wildfires that have devastated areas across this country,” Erica Mani, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross said.

Duane and Fran Boyce are just two more volunteers preparing to hit the road if things worsen.

“We’re here for our home base first and then once we know West Virginia is okay, we will head south to where the damage is,” Fran Boyce, Volunteer said.

If they head south, they will be joining Red Cross volunteers who work in the background.

“Going out on where the disasters and passing out food to people in need,” Duane Boyce said.

Due to COVID-19, the Red Cross is not accepting clothes, canned goods and other non-perishable items.

“The best way people can donate, to make sure people can get the relief items they need is to donate money or time,” Main said.  

By donating cash, the agency doesn’t have to move bulky products and can help local merchants out by purchasing supplies on site.

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