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April 3, 2013

Wabash Valley Red Cross sending workers to N.Y. area

Will help in East Coast recovery

TERRE HAUTE — The Wabash Valley Red Cross is sending two veteran volunteers to help people on the east coast still suffering from superstorm Sandy.

Volunteers Janice Hawkins and Jane Walters are leaving today for New York, where they will receive their deployment orders at Red Cross headquarters in Manhattan.

Although Sandy struck the coast five months ago, the region remains in “emergency response” mode, said Hawkins, who was at the Wabash Valley Red Cross office Tuesday preparing for her deployment.

“There’s a great need,” Hawkins said, dressed in her Red Cross volunteer vest. “There are still some shelters open out there.”

Even before Sandy slammed into the east coast, Wabash Valley Red Cross volunteers were already in the area, waiting to serve. The storm did tens of billions of dollars in damage, much of it in heavily populated areas of New York and New Jersey.

Hawkins and Walters will be working at caseworkers for the Red Cross, helping people find housing and cope with losses from the storm.

Superstorm Sandy has been the largest Red Cross response effort in more than five years.

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