Red Cross sends hurricane relief volunteers

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Rockford Red Cross volunteers are headed to Atlanta, Georgia to help with Hurricane Matthew relief.

Mike O’Brian and Bill Bielasco left this morning for the trip. The deployments usually last around two weeks. The team will be handing out cots, food, and other supplies and being there for whatever else is needed.

A total of 11 northern Illinois Red Cross workers have been deployed already to help with the relief. Bill Bielasco has been volunteering for the Red Cross for a little over three years. He says the volunteers bring more than just physical help to the victims.

"It actually is an emotionally uplifting experience from when they see the Red Cross come in and other support groups because it helps them know that they're getting back on their feet,” says Bielsasco.
More Red Cross volunteers from the area are expected to be assigned deployment locations in the next week.

Mike and Bill had to complete a training process before they could become volunteers. To get involved, please call the American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767.