DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Local members of the American Red Cross left for the east coast Wednesday morning to help with Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.
Marty Hydell of the Dayton-Cincinnati Chapter said the scope of relieve efforts for victims is staggering. Nationally, more than 1,700 Red Cross volunteers have made their way to the devastated areas with more on the way.
The Dayton-Cincinnati Chapter will have 40 volunteers there by the time the full response is in.
Veteran volunteer Linda Leszczuk, who's packed for a multi-week commitment, said she must also prepare mentally.
"I think you just focus on what you can do because if you look at the devastation it's overwhelming," she said.
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"It's worth it knowing afterwards that you've made it a little bit easier for people who were in such a terrible situation," Leszczuk said. "That's worth whatever you have to do while you're there."
Red Cross officials said they expect their case workers and volunteers will be on the ground for at least a month, and maybe two.
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