Local Red Cross volunteers helping in mudslide aftermath

Tri-City HeraldMarch 25, 2014 

More than a dozen Red Cross volunteers from the Tri-Cities and other parts of eastern Washington are in the Oso area helping in the aftermath of Saturday’s deadly mudslide.

Some left for Snohomish County over the weekend while others left Tuesday morning, said Peggy Hoggarth, executive director of the Benton-Franklin chapter of the American Red Cross.

The volunteers are from the Tri-City, Yakima, Walla Walla and Spokane areas. A regional Red Cross staffer who’s a trained mental health professional also went to help, Hoggarth said.

“Our hearts go out to everyone — the residents, the community that’s affected. It can’t be easy for the people who are helping, either,” Hoggarth said.

The Red Cross is providing food, shelter and other services to residents and first responders.

It has the supplies it needs at this time for the mudslide response. But, the Red Cross responds to many types of disasters year-round and people are encouraged to donate to their local chapter to support those efforts.

To donate to the Benton-Franklin chapter, go to www.redcross.org/ewa or call the office at 783-6195.

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