Red Cross offers help to flood victims

Cleanup, comfort kits available at distribution sites

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The American Red Cross is known for its work in the community when a disaster strikes. Tropical Storm Debby now has them out helping victims pick up the pieces.

A lot of people are still without access to their homes, which means they're without everyday items like deodorant, soap and other toiletries. That's where the Red Cross comes in.

"Let them know they're not alone and that we're here for them, and just the smallest things like toothbrush and soap really makes a difference when you're in that situation," Red Cross volunteer Michele Fried said.

Volunteers say they're just happy to help. Friday was their fourth day reaching out to flood victims, hoping to help ease some of the stress from the storm.

The Red Cross has distribution sites for people affected by Tropical Storm Debby. The sites include cleanup kits and comfort kits, all free of charge.

"We appreciate them being here taking their time volunteering to just bring us the basic necessities that you don't have, you don't even think about grabbing when you leave," said Michelle Miller, who was affected by the storm.

The comfort kit is full of hygiene products like shampoo and a comb. The cleanup kits are buckets filled full of items such as a sponge, bleach, two cleaning solutions, a scrub brush and a trash bag. The Red Cross is also giving out mops and brooms.

"We also have some water here and snacks outside for them if they care for them, and we hope this will help them with their immediate needs," said Don Rossenberry, of the Red Cross.

Distribution sites will be open until 6 p.m. Friday.

The sites are Evangel Temple at 5755 Ramona Blvd. in Jacksonville; Clay County Fire Department at 4003 Everett Ave. in Middleburg; and Bradford County Emergency Management at 945 B N. Temple Ave. in Starke.

Evangel Temple and the Clay County Fire Department will be open again Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bradford County Emergency Management will only be open again Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Volunteers say they will continue to work until everyone has received the help they need.

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