Good Samaritan Heads South

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Another member of the American Red Cross Key Chapter's disaster team in Meridian headed to Florida Wednesday.

Hurricane Charley destroyed more than 12,000 homes in Florida when it struck the state with 145 mph winds. According to a preliminary assessment, the storm caused $11 billion in damage.

Since then, the Red Cross Key Chapter has sent several disaster workers to those areas devastated areas.

"I'm just anxious to get down there and we will be assisting in family services," said volunteer Sandra McMullan.

McMullan's role while in Florida will be to meet the basic needs of families, providing food, shelter, clothing and medication for hurricane victims.

"I will be working directly with the people going door to door seeing what people's needs are," McMullan said.

Newscenter 11 spoke with local volunteer Jerry Mobley in Florida Monday.

Mobley, who is in charge of mass care, said although the spirits of the residents are high, the cleanup process is far from over.

"This is going to be one of the largest Red Cross operations that could cost over $50 million in money to help in all of the efforts," said executive director Cheri Barry.

Since the storm began, the Red Cross has provided shelter to more than 100,000 people. More than 60,000 people have signed up for assistance, and about 400,000 are still without electricity, which could take two weeks to restore.

The American Red Cross is still in need of monetary donations. If you would like to help, call the Key Chapter of the American Red Cross in Meridian at (601) 485-5151.