Red Cross needs load carried to hurricane relief zone

| 8/24/2004

The Red Cross is putting out the call for a trucker that can move a specific load needed to help victims of Hurricane Charley.

Amanda Lephof, who works in the in-kind donations office of the National Red Cross, said the organization needs a truck that can carry 80-90 pallets of mops and buckets from Greenville, NC, to Sarasota, FL. The delivery needs to be made by Friday, Aug. 27.

Due to the scale of the storm damage, the Red Cross has limited personnel and is unable to handle a flood of phone calls, so officials ask that when requests for help go out, truckers call only if they have the equipment requested, can run the routes available and can leave their trailers. The relief agency says they will inform Land Line of additional routes as the relief effort moves forward.

Lephof says truckers should e-mail her at if they can help. Because of the volume of contacts, Lephof says the organization prefers e-mail contacts and will be able to respond faster to those messages. If truckers do not have e-mail access, they can call (202) 303-4596.

Truckers can also help by donating money to the effort. To donate, call the Red Cross at 1-800-HELP NOW.

– by Mark H. Reddig, associate editor