SunTrust Foundation pledges $500000 to Hurricane Irma relief

SunTrust Foundation pledges $500000 to Hurricane Irma relief

A local Red Cross volunteer just returned from Texas after 14 days of helping families suffering from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

For this training, volunteers must be over 18-years-old, have registered through the Red Cross website, and passed a criminal background check. "You can help the Red Cross with a financial donation", said Wallace.

The training session will be held tomorrow, September 12, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.at the American Red Cross Chapter office in Springfield, located at 1545 N. West Bypass.

The Red Cross is accepting applications online for volunteers needed in Puerto Rico, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia to help with Hurricane Irma relief efforts. "These funds are essential to our ability to assist disaster survivors and support the first responders and volunteers who work tirelessly at the scene of a disaster". You can simply text "REDCROSS" to 90999.

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They have no water or electricity, limited cellphone service and no way out on the lone road, Highway 1, stretching from Key West to Key Largo near the mainland, Baumgartner said. "A lot of homes are still not even accessible so people are just now starting to really get a good grip about what happened to them", says Reed. "... Right now those haven't been activated, but if they are, we are ready to go on that".

Thousands of American Red Cross volunteers and employees are already working round the clock to help Gulf Coast residents affected by the destructive storms, said Red Cross officials.

SunTrust Bank branches also will accept donations at its branches through October 13 for American Red Cross relief efforts. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.

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