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Red Cross deploys Lakefield mother, daughter

LAKEFIELD -- A Lakefield mother and daughter have been sent as American Red Cross volunteers to the East Coast to help in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The storm, which devastated large portions of the Northeast almost a month ago, is likely to require the biggest Red Cross response in the U.S. in the past five years.

Barb Bakalyar will work in health services, helping to meet disaster-caused emergency health needs such as medications, medical equipment, treatment, and health recovery information.

Bakalyar's daughter, Sarah Pohlman, works in disaster mental health, providing crisis intervention, mental health screening and assessment, and emotional care and support. Red Cross volunteers have made more than 57,000 health-related visits already during the storm and its aftermath.

The American Red Cross continues to provide food, shelter, relief supplies and comfort to the many people still struggling even as power is restored and communities begin to recover. The full resources of the organization, including 5,800 volunteers from all 50 states, have been mobilized to get help to people. The Red Cross has also deployed its entire fleet of more than 320 Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs), and has provided more than 5.6 million meals and snacks.

So far, the Red Cross has provided more than 73,000 shelter stays. The needs are far from over as people clean out their homes and struggle with housing issues, and the Red Cross will continue to provide help to area residents well into the foreseeable future.

People can help by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief online, by text or by phone. To donate, visit, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.