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Red Cross Volunteers from the QCA Help Storm Victims

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Four Red Cross volunteers from the QCA are in the southern United States Monday helping with recovery and disaster relief efforts after last week’s severe weather.

Red Cross Disaster Program Manager Roger Loesch has been in Jackson, Mississippi since Thursday. He said more counties in the state could be declared disaster areas Monday.

At last count, the death toll stood at dozens from the storm systems that moved across the south and Midwest last week.

Loesch said officials in Mississippi continue to learn of additional communities that were affected by the tornadoes.

"It's basically covering the entire state of Mississippi,” said Loesch. “And the path of the tornado went through several, several communities so we're operating on a very large scale here."

Loesch said as he works in operation headquarters in Jackson, he is responsible for various needs like shelter, providing food and bulk distribution of clean up kits. He said through doing things like this, he and other volunteers with the Red Cross are helping make life more manageable as residents work their way toward recovery.

If anyone wants to help with the effort, Loesch said money can be donated to the national Red Cross organization.

Locally, the communications manager for the Midwest River Region chapter of the Red Cross said other volunteers are on standby – ready to help wherever needed.

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