Updated 10/31/2012 05:22 PM
Red Cross volunteers leave NC to help storm-ravaged Northeast
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CHARLOTTE — A number of volunteer groups from North Carolina are already on the ground in some of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy.
The Billy Graham Rapid Response team is working alongside Samaritan's Purse to help displaced residents in the New Jersey Area. Samaritan's Purse is helping families clear debris and begin to rebuild. The Rapid Response Team is tending to the emotional and spiritual needs of the survivors.
"There's been unfortunately, loss of life and injuries. I just can't imagine what people are going through at this moment of loss,” said deputy director of the Rapid Responders Scott Holmquist.
In West Virgina, six American Red Cross volunteers from the Charlotte area are manning one of the many shelters. More than 30 people are seeking refuge from the heavy snowfall Sandy brought to town.
"Many of them have tried to hold out through the night, thinking the power might come back on, but we're seeing more and more at the shelter because people have still not had power restored," said shelter team cupervisor Sam Murr.
It is unclear how long both teams will be on the ground because both are in very different points of the storm's destructive path.
"In the case of New York and New Jersey, I'm sure there are quite a few folks who have lost everything they have,” said Murr. “Where the people in this area, their homes are in tact, they just don't have power and in some cases they don't have the ability to get to their homes.”
Red Cross representatives say many people in West Virginia should have their power back by Friday but they are also keeping an eye on how fast the snow is melting in the flood-prone areas.
To find out how you can volunteer or donate, visit www.redcross.org