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More Red Cross volunteers leave Georgia for northeast disaster relief

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More Georgia Red Cross volunteers left Tuesday headed to assist with disaster relief in the storm- ravaged northeast.

Four volunteers packed up emergency vehicles and departed from the Red Cross headquarters in Atlanta, joining 22 other Georgia volunteers. All eight Red Cross emergency vehicles from the state of Georgia now are being used in the effort, according to Ruben Brown, a spokesman for the Red Cross Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter.

Among the volunteers leaving Tuesday were Joe and Glenda Mertes of Marietta. The husband and wife team has volunteered for the Red Cross for six years.

"It's just something to give back," said Joe Mertes. "We're retired now. And what can be more enjoyable than helping people out?"

The Merteses said their first stop will be Virginia, but there's a chance they'll be moved to New York. Their primary responsibilities will be feeding and providing water to people who've been impacted by the superstorm.

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