Stocked with food and water, metro Red Cross volunteers head to Florida for hurricane relief

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Volunteers with the American Red Cross here in Kansas City will leave for Florida on Friday morning.

They are taking a disaster response vehicle to help anywhere it's needed. The vehicle will be stocked with food and water.

Volunteers from our area will join a massive effort already underway in Orlando, and other Florida communities.

The Red Cross sheltered 3,000 people Wednesday night -- and they don't have the number for tonight yet, but the need is expected to be even higher.

“ Having these vehicles on the ground to be able to assist the families that are displaced, or that know, some of their homes are completely destroyed, and so to have these on the ground is not only kind of a ray of hope for them, to let them know that they`re not alone in this, but  also a necessity, so that they can get the basics - food, water, shelter,” said Tom Aston, the Disaster Action Team Coordinator For the American Red Cross.

The Red Cross says that if you want to help, monetary donations are always needed.