Local couple joining Tropical Storm Harvey relief effort

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Help is on the way from the Capital Region. A disaster relief truck is making final preparations to drive more than a thousand miles into the areas impacted most by Harvey.

“You want to wander through the inspection quickly.”

After a short prep, their journey begins. Marianne and Mark Theophilis hit the road for Harvey relief.

“This is the first time we’re basically going to do something together,” Mark said.

The Clifton Park couple is no stranger to helping out during natural disasters, having volunteered with the Red Cross since 2010.

On Monday, they’re making the trip down to Baton Rouge, Louisiana hand in hand. They’ll be serving hot food and water out of this Red Cross Relief Truck as people who lost everything sift through what’s left of their homes and begin the exhaustion process of rebuilding.

“It’s a chance to make a difference in a very palpable way,” Mark said.

“It’s like there’s a great need the Red Cross does a lot of good and is out there and we want to be part of it,” Marianne said.

“It’s feelings that you’re dealing with,” Mark said.

“It’s devastating for anybody and if we can be there and if we can help then that’s what we want to do,” Marianne said.

They’re not alone. Bob Domanico from Halfmoon is also headed into Harvey’s path to help out. He’ll be traveling in another relief van that’s coming from Vermont.

“When we come around with the food trucks, it’s better than the ice cream trucks coming around because they come out and it saves them from trying to get their food. It helps them while they’re working,” Domanico said.

As the first relief truck departs Albany, it’s a sign of hope for those still struggling down south.

Here’s how you can help the victims of Harvey.

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