American Red Cross in need of volunteers and donations for hurricane relief


The American Red Cross is working to help people affected by Hurricane Florence. 

Staff said this is one of the most devastating storms they’ve seen in years. 

7News Washington Correspondent Brie Jackson talked with the President of the American Red Cross on Thursday as roads and homes remain flooded nearly a week after the storm hit the Carolinas and Virginia. 

“The situation is dire there,” said American Red Cross President & CEO Gail J. McGovern.

Recovery efforts are underway, including providing bottled water, food and shelter to displaced families. 

FEMA is working to repair roads and restore power, but as storm ravaged areas face more flooding, crews expect this to be a long-term recovery mission. 

“People are trying to go back to their homes finding out that they are uninhabitable and going back to one of our shelters,” McGovern continued. 

McGovern says the organization is working with federal officials and the National Guard to help storm victims. 

Due to the mass devastation from this storm, officials say more resources are needed. 

On its website, the American Red Cross is urging doctors, nurses, mental health professionals and others to volunteer to assist with hurricane relief. 

“Unfortunately we had to cancel 200 blood drives because of this storm,” McGovern explained. “They can also find ways where they can go to donate blood and give the gift of life.” 

The American Red Cross says it’s also accepting financial donations to help disaster victims. 

Officials continue to assess the damage, but lawmakers say they’re committed to providing federal funding to help these communities recover. 

7News is teaming up with the American Red Cross to help those affected by Hurricane Florence.

We will be holding a donation drive on Monday September 24 right out side of our studios on 16th street in Wheeling. 

Stop by between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and help us raise money for the victims of Hurricane Florence.

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