Red Cross Send Five People to Help for Tornado Relief Efforts in Mississippi

(l-r) Joe Gerrits, Judy Gregory, Disaster Services Director, and Jim Meverden signing their paper work to be deployed.

The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter has dispatched five disaster volunteers, to Jackson,MS to assist with the April tornadoes that devastated so much of the south almost one week ago.

For this assignment all five volunteers are going out in bulk distribution, but may be reassigned once they get on the ground.

James Meverden of Green Bay, this will be his third assignment. He assisted back in 2005 for Hurricane Katrina & Rita and again in 2008 for Hurricane Gustav and Ike.

This will be the first national disaster assignment for the other four individuals.

Joseph Gerrits of Depere, said “I am very excited and nervous with anticipation for what will await me and I am very surprised I was able to sleep last night.”

Jerry Prellwitz, of Green Bay, commented that ever since he became a disaster volunteer helping on local assignments, he has waited for his chance to go out on a national assignment to gain that additional experience.

Donna LaPlante, of Little Suamico, is excited and really glad to be able to do something to help the people. “Of course, I am also very nervous,” said LaPlante.”

The final member going out is Thomas Kendall, of Green Bay.

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