NEW BERN -

Two local Red Cross volunteers are part of a group of more than 2,000 volunteers participating in disaster relief efforts along the Golf Coast for those affected by Hurricane Isaac.

Jim Dunham and Ralph Aviles of the Coastal Carolina Red Cross left New Bern Tuesday morning and headed south to Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Dunham and Aviles will spend two weeks delivering food and supplies to shelters there.

"I know what it means (to them), because I slept in a shelter last night myself," Dunham said.

He and other Red Cross volunteers are staying at an old YMCA building that's used as a storm shelter.
Dunham's volunteered for the Red Cross for the past ten year. This is his 16th volunteer trip with the organization.

"I'm out here trying to help people," he said. "That's the name of the game."

Volunteers from Jacksonville, Rocky Mount, Elizabeth City and Wilmington are also participating in relief efforts. So far, three Emergency Response Vehicles and 8 volunteers from Eastern Carolina have deployed to assist with the relief efforts in Mississippi.