Some Arizonans are throwing out their Labor Day weekend plans and heading to Texas to help with relief efforts.
Twenty-six health care professionals employed by Iasis Healthcare from St. Luke’s Medical Center and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital flew to Texas Friday and Saturday to work at the company’s sister hospitals.
Alain Alcarez is one of the registered nurses who volunteered to relieve nurses who’ve been caring for flood victims without a break. He has emergency room experience, but this will be his first time responding to a natural disaster.
“I want to help the people of course and I want to help give some relief to the people who’ve been working day in and day out,” said Alcarez.
The local nurses will get a chance to go home and take care of their families while the Arizona nurses will be there for 10 days and sleep at the hospital on cots.
Volunteers with Ion Jets, a private jet company based out of Scottsdale, plan to hit the road Sunday at 1 p.m. with two truckloads of diapers, water bottles and dog food.
“Arizona is going to show some love to Texas these next few days,” said Todd Spitzer, Ion Jets’ CEO.
“It was overwhelming at first,” said Karl Lett. “I couldn’t believe how much support the Phoenix area poured out to us to help these people who lost everything.”
The trucks are expected to arrive in southeast Texas early next week.
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