South Florida Red Cross chapter heads to Louisiana, Texas

Volunteers driving truck full of food to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey

MIAMI – A South Florida Red Cross chapter headed to Louisiana and Texas on Tuesday with a truck full of food to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

"You really don't know what to expect," Max Garcia said.

"For me, personally, it's a calling," another volunteer, Gilbert De Armas, said. 
De Armas said he's been volunteering with the Red Cross since he was 17.

It's his and Garcia's job to make the nearly 20-hour haul from South Florida to Southwest Louisiana and the Texas Gulf Coast, where they will help feed thousands of victims.

"There is a relief, I believe, and that's what I like. I like to see people happy," Garcia said. 

"We take ourselves out of our private lives to provide this type of humanity that these people need," De Armas said.

The Red Cross has sheltered more than 6,000 people as of Sunday night, and the number is expected to grow.

The South Florida truck, along with an entire fleet from across the country, will help feed hurricane victims and clean up their flooded neighborhoods.

"This is people helping people. You shouldn't hesitate to give," Emily Borababy said.   

A South Florida man, Alejandro Hernandez, dropped off his donations Tuesday before the truck left.
"You don't know, Maybe, tomorrow, it could happen to you," he said. 

Borababy said Red Cross volunteers will stay in Texas "as long as the people need us to be there."

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