RI Red Cross volunteer dispatched to Matthew relief efforts in SC

A house is demolished along Palmetto Blvd, in the Town of Edisto Beach, S.C., after Hurricane Matthew slammed into the beach community Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — For at least a third time this year, Rhode Island American Red Cross volunteers are joining in helping victims of disaster — this time, to South Carolina to help in relief from Hurricane Matthew.

The state chapter’s Executive Director, Tempie Thompson, is one of 35 responders from the Rhode Island and Connecticut region who have deployed to help in the Hurricane Matthew relief effort. Thompson will serve as a Community Partnerships Supervisor.

Last week, a Pawtucket volunteer, Carlos Spinola, deployed to the relief efforts.

The Red Cross says nearly 7,000 people are now being housed in Red Cross and community evacuation shelters spanning the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Virginia.

Right now, nearly 3,000 people across Connecticut and Rhode Island are registered volunteers with the Red Cross, but they can always use more hands — handing out supplies and counseling disaster victims.

In March, Rhode Island Red Cross volunteers helped after floods in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, and then again in August in Louisiana.

If you’d like to donate to the Red Cross’s efforts, or volunteer, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or go to the organization’s website.