Red Cross holds local disaster relief training session in Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The massive relief effort coordinated by the American Red Cross after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma continues to grow.

Nearly one hundred people showed up to Wednesday’s ‘boot camp’ training session held in Saratoga Springs.

Wednesday’s training was the seventh session they’ve held since Hurricane Harvey made landfall. So far, nearly 400 people from the greater Capital Region have been trained and are prepared to deploy to disaster areas.

Volunteers from the Red Cross are now spread out across the Southeast, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Many attendees at Wednesday’s training said they just felt like it was the right thing to do. Tina Marie DeVincenzo from Saratoga Springs says she is giving up two weeks of her own vacation time to go.

“Listen, they need it more than I do, and I felt like this was the only thing I could do to help,” said DeVincenzo.

Other volunteers say they had free time to fill.

“I just felt like this was something I really wanted to do for these people, said Karen Gouthier. “I’m retired and if I can go there and help them I should.”

While many volunteers will not necessarily be sent south right away, the Red Cross says the need for help will continue in the weeks and months to come.

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