NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - American Red Cross volunteers from New Jersey are heading south to help storm victims in Texas and Louisiana. The New Jersey chapter sent emergency vehicles to help those whose lives have been turned upside down by the flooding.
"Right here in the state of New Jersey, we have volunteers that are deploying down to help with the relief efforts in South Texas," New Jersey region CEO Ana Montero said.
With changing weather conditions and the threat of more rain and flooding, the number of people needing help is already well into the thousands. Their efforts to rebuild will be supported with food, water, and supplies given out by volunteers.
In Houston, the urgent need for shelter prompted local furniture store owner Jim McIngvale, a.k.a. "Mattress Mack," to open his furniture showrooms so families would have a place to stay. NFL player J.J. Watts of the Texans took on a local fundraising challenge he says is much bigger than football.
Beyoncé is the latest celebrity to pledge support for her hometown of Houston. She told the local newspaper she is working with her foundation and her pastor to come up with a plan that will help as many people as possible.
The New York Air National Guard sent more resources to Texas, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. An HC-130 search-and-rescue aircraft carrying 15 more Airmen from the 106th Rescue flew to Fort Hood in Texas Tuesday.