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 email@example.com 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)
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