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ROBIN ERICKSON
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Wednesday, September 24, 2003
RI Red Cross sends fourth volunteer to assist with Hurricane Isabel aftermath

The American Red Cross of Rhode Island sent a fourth volunteer to Greenville, SC this morning to assist with the aftermath of Hurricane Isabel. RI Red Cross Disaster Volunteer Arthur Entwhistle departed from the Providence office this morning and headed for South Carolina.  Entwhistle drove the Chapter's Emergency Response Vehicle direct to SC so that it may be used to shuttle food and other necessary supplies to residents of the hurricane-ravaged area.

Meanwhile, three RI Red Cross volunteers continue their work at a Family Services Call Center in Falls Church, VA. Joe Farrington, Ashley Poland and Suzanne Turcotte left Saturday morning for VA, where they are assisting families with food, clothing and shelter assistance, as well as mental health counseling. 

"The families are going through a rough time," said disaster volunteer Joe Farrington.  "Many are still without power and all their food has now gone bad and they don't know what to do next. It is a great feeling to be down here with my fellow volunteers helping out in any way possible," he continued.  "We are here to help them through this ordeal in any way possible."

The team of 4 volunteers will be on duty down south for a minimum of three weeks.

The Red Cross of Rhode Island typically spends $1,000 per family of four that it assists. All Red Cross assistance is free, thanks to contributions from individuals and organizations. The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on private donations to provide emergency assistance to Rhode Islanders in crisis.

Visit www.riredcross.org for more information and to find out how you can help.

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