Jonesboro Red Cross helps Mississippi victims

Jonesboro Red Cross helps Mississippi victims

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro Red Cross volunteers headed to Mississippi this weekend to help with disaster relief after tornado ripped through the state.

Four volunteers left Jonesboro Saturday afternoon and headed to Tupelo, MS.

"We have been called to aid the tornado victims that went through Northern Mississippi," supervisor Eileen Allen said. "Our headquarters will be in Tupelo once we leave Jonesboro."

While the crew is there they will interview victims to find out their immediate needs. After the interview they will aid the victim in any way they can.

Aid could include health assistance, mental health assistance, referrals and finding support from the government and community.

Allen, who is a retired schoolteacher and firefighter EMT, has been with the Red Cross for 20 years now.

She has been deployed on several disaster relief missions over the years.

She said she hates to see the devastation in the area, but loves the chance to help people.

"I love working with people, helping people, and watching them grasp and see that there is hope out there," Allen said.

The Jonesboro crew will be in Mississippi anywhere from 10 day to two weeks. Allan said the stay could even be extended if the need is there.

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