Local Red Cross volunteers head to NJ

October 31, 2012 2:23:04 PM PDT
Help from our area is heading to storm-ravaged areas of New Jersey.

Lori Nieves is packing for trip that is personal and professional.

"Because I have family up that way and right now do not have contact with them," said Nieves.

Nieves is one of four Red Cross volunteers leaving Fayetteville Wednesday headed toward Southern New Jersey. She expects to help run a shelter for 800 people.

"I understand there's a lot of wind damage, flooding," said Nieves. "People have lost their houses. I know in Queens 50 homes got burned. So we are going to the devastated area."

It's Nieves' second mission of mercy this year. This summer, she helped deliver food to West Virginia residents after high winds devastated their communities.

This time, Ron Thompson said it's about food and shelter.

"We got a lot of shelters up there and the power is out," said Thompson. "There is flooding and a lot of people going to the shelters and everything."

The Red Cross said all of its emergency response vehicles in North Carolina are on standby. They're not sure just where they are headed. Their initial mission will be to deliver hot meals and drinks to victims and workers in the damaged areas, but the Red Cross said the trucks can also ferry supplies and people into storm damaged areas."

Nieves said her deployment will last three weeks, but she said she'll stay as long as needed.

"Mainly just try and keep focused on the people we are going to help," she said. "These people are in worse conditions than I am right now, and they need the help. So, if I don't do it, who is."

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