Fresno State athletics teams up with the Red Cross to help Colorado flood victims

September 16, 2013 4:17:58 PM PDT
The disaster in Colorado has moved Fresno State students to find a way to help. The Central Valley Red Cross has responded to the disaster and says people in the Valley can help.

"Currently there are 20 shelters open across the state. They do have a shelter open at the airport because they are airlifting people out of their homes," American Red Cross Central Valley Regional CEO Ellen Knapp said.

Some volunteers from the valley have already left to help those in Colorado.

"We did send two volunteers out of our Bakersfield office. They were both nurses. They were requested from our national office they left on Sunday," Knapp said.

Knapp says in the days to come more volunteers could be deployed. For now they are on standby ready to help at a moment's notice.

The American Red Cross Central Valley chapter is also getting some help locally. Fresno State is teaming up with them to help raise money for the flood victims in Colorado.

The Fresno State football team was set to play Colorado at Boulder last week, but the game was cancelled due to the disaster. It was a situation that hit home.

"Our student athletes want to help out the people in Boulder and the American Red Cross is a great way for us to facilitate that," said Paul Ladwig, Fresno State Senior Associate Athletic Director.

Friday at the Fresno State versus Boise State game student athletes and the Red Cross will be at the stadium gate collecting donations to help Coloradans recover from the devastating floodwaters.

"It's a great testament to just the compassion of our student athlete community and the red wave's compassion for the people of boulder," Fresno State Football Coach Tim Deruyter said.


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