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Posted: Nov 9, 2012 8:29 PM

Updated: Nov 9, 2012 10:03 PM

WESLACO - Rio Grande Valley Red Cross volunteers continue helping victims of Hurricane Sandy one week after the storm devastated communities in the East Coast.

More than a dozen Valley volunteers are working to feed and provide comfort to thousands of people who have no where to go.

"What we have seen here is that the lights were out ... trees that fell either on the houses or on the roads. The devastation here is that there is no power," Red Cross Volunteer Blanca Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez, a Brownsville resident, left for the East Coast this week in the Red Cross' emergency response vehicle.

She has helped deliver between 700 and 900 meals a day through Jersey City and Newark.

"They're very grateful that we're out there giving them food. Sometimes we carry other things, we carry water, we carry snacks, we carry blankets," Gonzalez said.

Other volunteers from the Valley have been deployed to New Jersey and New York.

The volunteers are expected to continue working in the storm-ravaged areas for two more weeks.

Topics: red cross, hurricane sandy, rio grande valley

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