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Las Vegas area Red Cross volunteers deploy to disaster zone in east Texas

Red Cross volunteers leave Las Vegas on Sunday, August 27, 2017, to deliver a disaster relief truck to provide critical help in the disaster zone in Texas. (Nathan O'Neal/KSNV)

The nationwide call for help in east Texas is drawing volunteers from all corners of the country.

On Sunday, Red Cross volunteers left Las Vegas to deliver a disaster relief truck to provide critical help in the disaster zone in Texas.

Between Southern Nevada and Southern Utah, the Red Cross has already deployed about 25 people to east Texas with plans to send more in the coming days.

“It’s devastating seeing the suffering that people are going through and you just want to get down there and you want to help them,” said volunteer Shauna Ringel. “You want to do whatever you can to make it easier for them.”

Gladys Colon, executive director for Southern Nevada’s chapter of the Red Cross, stresses the need for volunteers to send to Texas as well as to maintain disaster relief response locally.

“It’s kind of amazing and really moving … and touching seeing the best of the human being,” said Colon.

As for Ringel, she has answered the call for help in disaster zones more than a dozen times, including when Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012. Each time she says it’s an emotional experience.

“It brings out the best in people. It's sad to say it takes a disaster, but a lot of times it does because you forget about all the little things and you're there to help other people,” said Ringel.

The humanitarian organization is opening shelters, sending supplies and putting volunteers in place around Texas. You can donate money online or text 90999 to chip in $10.

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