Local Red Cross volunteer heads to SC for Hurricane Matthew relief efforts

PROVIDENCE, R.I (WPRI) — A local Red Cross volunteer is headed to South Carolina to assist in Hurricane Matthew relief efforts.

Carlos Spinola, a responder from the Pawtucket area, will service as a shelter service associate when he arrives, according to the American Red Cross.

As of Wednesday night, the Red Cross in South Carolina was operating 38 shelters for more than 650 people, as a part of a greater relief effort of 84 shelters hosting approximately 3,600 people.

The Red Cross said that right now workers are mainly focusing on serving meals in these shelters, and distributing relief items and safety information to those that have been impacted by the storm.

More than 30 trailer loads of sheltering supplies, ready-to-eat means, clean-up kits, and comfort kits have been set up along the southeast, according to a statement.

Currently, the Red Cross has over 500 volunteers and staff members and 90 response vehicles ready to assist in relief operations.

To donate to the American Red Cross Hurricane Matthew relief efforts, visit their website.