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.

Red Cross volunteers from Connecticut are in northern California to help families displaced by the wildfires (Photo courtesy: Joe Apicelli / Connecticut Red Cross)
Scorched land burned by the California wildfires (Photo courtesy: Joe Apicelli / Connecticut Red Cross)
Volunteers loading up "Comfort Kits" for families in California (Photo courtesy: Joe Apicelli / Connecticut Red Cross)
Stacking as many kits as possible into Red Cross Disaster Relief trucks (Photo courtesy: Joe Apicelli / Connecticut Red Cross)
Another look at scorched land in California (Photo courtesy: Joe Apicelli / Connecticut Red Cross)
A fleet of Red Cross Disaster Relief trucks in northern California (Photo courtesy: Joe Apicelli / Connecticut Red Cross)
Preparing cots, blankets, and clothing to help families in California (Photo courtesy: Joe Apicelli / Connecticut Red Cross)
Volunteers will hand out comfort kids to as many California families as possible as the wildfires continue (Photo courtesy: Joe Apicelli / Connecticut Red Cross)
Connecticut Red Cross volunteers welcome displaced families at a shelter in California (Photo courtesy: Joe Apicelli / Connecticut Red Cross)
Those big and small await aid from the Red Cross. (Photo courtesy: Joe Apicelli / Connecticut Red Cross)
A line of people are seen outside of a Red Cross vehicle. (Photo courtesy: Joe Apicelli / Connecticut Red Cross)
(Red Cross trucks are parked as the sun begins to set. (Photo courtesy: Joe Apicelli / Connecticut Red Cross)

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”