Connecticut Red Cross volunteers help victims of Northern California fires

Stacking as many kits as possible into Red Cross Disaster Relief trucks (Photo courtesy: Joe Apicelli / Connecticut Red Cross)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Connecticut Red Cross volunteers are helping the victims of the Northern California wildfires.

The volunteers are setting up cots and blankets for the victims and for Red Cross helpers. There are 150 Red Cross volunteers sleeping at the Sebastopol community center. Volunteers are loading emergency response vehicles with baby formula, water and food.

Many of these volunteers helped out hurricane relief efforts in Houston, Texas.

Joe Apicelli is a local Connecticut volunteer. He’s been a Red Cross volunteer for nearly 13 years. When a natural disaster strikes, Apicelli is ready to help.

Apicelli just got back from helping out hurricane victims in Houston. His volunteer mission to California marks the 40th time he’s been deployed.

He described the damage from the wildfire as worse than a lot of the disaster areas he has seen.

The dry conditions and the high heat fuel the fires and has scorched this beautiful wine growing region for decades to come. Everything that I have seen in the past does not compare with what this wildfire has done to this area. It is rebuilding everything from scratch”

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