Record Number Of Central Ohio Red Cross Volunteers Respond To Disaster Areas


UPDATED: Sunday May 4, 2014 7:31 PM

19 Red Cross volunteers are now responding to areas devastated by spring storms.

That's a record number for the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

Several volunteers headed out to Alabama and Mississippi on Sunday.

Monday, several more are expected to leave for Alabama and Arkansas.

"Sometimes we get so caught up in our lives and what we want and what we're doing, that we need to remember there's humanity behind it and it feels good," said volunteer Alexandria Van Gulijk. "It feels good to help people out."

The National Weather Service said 18 tornadoes were confirmed in Alabama during a series of storms that swept through the area April 28 and 29.

President Barack Obama will travel to Arkansas on Wednesday to survey the damage from last Sunday's tornado and meet with families who were affected.

The tornado killed 15 people and destroyed hundreds of homes as it cut an 80-mile path through Arkansas.

The Red Cross is asking for donations to support those affected by disasters like tornadoes and floods. Donations can be made by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-REDCROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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