Michigan Red Cross sends relief effort to communities affected by Harvey

American Red Cross sending help, supplies

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - The Red Cross is stepping up its efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Volunteers are on their way to Texas with trailers full of food and supplies. Enough to support more than 20,000 people.

According to the Red Cross, Hurricane Harvey is slated for landfall along the Texas Gulf Coast with over 100 mph winds and up to 35 inches of rain, leading to devastating and life-threatening flooding. Tornadoes are also possible. The storm is expected to hover over parts of Texas and Louisiana for several days.

From Michigan, at least 20 volunteers from the Grand Rapids offices left for Texas over the weekend and 6 others left from Muskegon on Monday.

"We're thankful for the dedication of volunteers who are willing to help those in need,” said Mike Mitchell, Executive Director for West Michigan.

More than 40 Red Cross emergency response vehicles are activated with more on alert.

For more information on the Red Cross you can visit their website. You can donate to the American Red Cross online or by texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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