Springfield, Mo. -- (1/10/2018) On Wednesday, an American Red Cross of Southern Missouri disaster volunteer, Ben Desa, who deployed to Puerto Rico in response to Hurricane Maria in October recently returned to Springfield after volunteering for over two months to help his home country recover from the hurricanes devastation.

Originally from Puerto Rico, when the hurricanes hit, Desa wanted to help in the recovery and specifically he wanted to help by volunteering with the Red Cross. He was one of the over 600 Red Cross disaster workers that supported and continue to assist with relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. There for 64 days, Desa spent time distributing supplies throughout the country to families who were without the basic living necessities like electricity and water.

In Puerto Rico, emergency shelters remain open for people with nowhere else to go. Since Irma and Maria struck Puerto Rico, the Red Cross has served more than 8.5 million (8,501,900) meals and snacks, distributed more than 3.5 million (3,555,200) relief supplies, and provided more than 31,200 mental health and health services to people in need.

(Media Release)