MOULTRIE — Two volunteers from the Colquitt County chapter of the American Red Cross arrived in Texas Thursday as part of a relief effort for victims of Hurricane Ike.

Red Cross Disaster Chairman Sam Stephens said volunteers Dan Priest and David Chapman were sent to Fort Worth, Texas, with the chapter’s Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) to assist with the national relief effort.

Priest and Chapman will be in Silsbee, Texas, for about 21 days while the ERV will stay there about two months, Stephens said. They will help with feedings at shelters in the area, and the ERV will be used for whatever Red Cross assistance will be needed.

“It’s quite a massive operation,” Stephens said. The Red Cross has called in several ERVs from the area and asked every local chapter to send as many volunteers as possible.

Because the relief effort in Texas is so large, Stephens said any donations that can be made will be greatly appreciated. Donations can be made to help assist the local chapter, which can be mailed to the chapter at P.O. Box 848, Moultrie, GA, 31776. Donations to help nationally can also be made by visiting the Red Cross Web site at www.redcross.org.

Local volunteers will still be ready and willing to assist people here even without the use of the chapter’s ERV, Stephens said. Instead of using the ERV, volunteers will respond by using their personal vehicles.

“We’re still here and ready to help,” Stephens said.

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