Trained volunteers from the Benton-Franklin and Blue Mountain chapters of the American Red Cross may deploy to Oklahoma to help after Monday’s devastating tornado.
Local volunteers have registered their availability, a news release from the Benton-Franklin chapter said. None have yet been deployed, although a volunteer from Spokane deployed Tuesday morning, the release said.
“More local deployments are possible soon or later on to relieve deployed volunteers as they finish their assignments,” the release said.
To make a donation to the Red Cross, go to www.redcross.orgcq, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10.
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Contributions also can be mailed to the Benton-Franklin chapter at 7202 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick WA 99336, or to the national American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
Call 1-800-RED CROSS to schedule an appointment to give blood or platelets and go to the website to learn more about becoming a volunteer.
The local chapter isn’t accepting donations of used clothing or household supplies, as the American Red Cross is not set up to sort, clean and transport them, the release said.