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Richland woman deploys to NY to help Sandy victims

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Superstorm Sandy left a lot of destruction in the Northeast, but victims are getting help from all over the country, including a volunteer from the Benton Franklin Red Cross Chapter.

This is Diane Swannack's ninth deployment to an emergency stricken part of the country. The Red Cross volunteer left

for White Plains New York, outside Manhattan Sunday morning. Monday, she hasn't toured the area yet, but did get her assignments.

Swannack will be in New York for three weeks, she'll be staying at a shelter with about 70 other volunteers and will be handling two major tasks. feeding hundreds at the shelter and distributing cleaning supplies, going door to door handing out rakes, bleach and cleaning kids.

The local Benton Franklin Red Cross also sent their emergency response vehicle to the disaster zone over the weekend. Swannack says, she hasn't really seen the depth of the destruction just yet, but will be taking photos and checking in with NBC Right Now.

Director Jeanne Jelke says they are receiving many phone calls with people wanting to help and will be working this Friday.