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South Dakota Red Cross volunteers make trip east for Hurricane Sandy relief

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South Dakota Red Cross volunteers are taking a road trip east.

The 1400 mile trip to New Jersey is to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

KSFY News met up with some of local volunteers before they hit the road this morning.

Volunteer Mary Crawford is ready to take the Red Cross emergency response vehicle east for Sandy.

"We will report to headquarters which is in north brunswick, new jersey. from there, we will probably be assigned to a kitchen area. i would guess that they're setting up these big, major kitchens," Crawford said. 

The people who volunteer here are so dedicated that they don't even think about where they are going to eat or sleep when they get to the east coast.

"My primary goal is to be out there working with the people and delivering the food, whatever we need to do. Then at night, they'll have a place for us red cross always takes care of their staff. so we'll have a bed to sleep on, food, and some kind of shelter," Crawford said.

Red Cross regional emergency services director Sam Hill says the emergency response vehicle is a workhorse for the volunteers.

"Our volunteers will be out doing mobile feedings, so they'll be providing thousands of meals a day off the side of that truck, just driving through neighborhoods feeding people that are working in their yards, trying to rebuild their homes and their lives," Hill said.

For those of us who can't volunteer to make the trip east, there are other ways we can help out.

"With your contributions, this is the kind of thing that we buy with that. buying food to feed everybody.  So there's obviously a huge expense that goes a long with the work that we do and we get it done the generosity of our donors and our volunteers."

Hill says it's great to have a warehouse here so they're ready if disaster should strike in South Dakota.

The Red Cross says we can also help by donating frequent flyer miles.

Those miles will help get volunteers to their disaster relief sites.

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