VA Red Cross volunteers head to KY

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - People are still trying to recover from the massive tornados that ripped through towns in the south and the Midwest. Red Cross volunteers from Richmond are on their way to Kentucky to help those victims.

When red cross volunteer Jack O'Regan starts his truck, he know's he's in it for the long haul.  He's not sure how long he'll be in Kentucky, but he says he's committed to help the victims that were in the path of those devastating tornados. They leveled towns and destroyed homes in parts of eastern and northern Kentucky.

"They need us," O'Regan said. "We're hoping people will recover and get back to a normal life."

Even though it'll only take time to reach any sort of normalcy, O'Regan says he'll do his part to give people what they need right now. That may include handing out food or toiletries.

O'Regan started volunteering before Hurricane Katrina. He understands the challenge, but he says serving tornado victims is different because the damage can be hit or miss. For example, the twister destroyed the historic court house in West Liberty, but didn't touch the prison, according to the Louisville Courier Journal.

"You almost have to go looking for damage," O'Regan noted. "When you see the damage, it's horrendous."

Horrendous can't even begin to explain the damage the twister left behind as it traveled roughly 60 miles through Kentucky. For now O'Regan's putting his life on hold in Richmond, but he doesn't mind if that means helping people.

"You just have to be flexible," O'Regan added. "To me, the Red Cross is important. When they ask, I go."

He and another volunteer will drive about nine hours to Louisville. That's where they'll learn their game plan. Whatever it may be, he's ready for it.

The Red Cross location serves nationally. Another crew left for Kentucky Monday night. A total of four people from the Central Virginia regions are volunteering.

If you'd like to donate ten dollars to the cause, text: "Red Cross" to 90999.

You can also donate by visiting the Red Cross web site.