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Red Cross sends Los Altos resident to help tornado victims

The American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter assigned its first local volunteer to Arkansas to support those affected by the April 27 tornado. Judith Boore of Los Altos, a mental-health therapist, deployed to assist the impacted families and responders.

Red Cross workers continue to care for victims of the tornado, which registered a 4 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, with winds approaching 200 mph. More than 150 workers are providing mobile feeding, health and emotional support.

Since May 1, the Red Cross has brought relief to 12 states affected by floods and tornadoes. Trained workers provide shelter, food, relief supplies, health services, emotional support and other assistance as needed. Red Cross mental-health workers counsel survivors, and the more than 800 Red Cross workers have served nearly 30,000 meals and snacks and distributed 4,600 essential relief items to those in need. The effects of the storms continue to be a threat.

To donate and for more information, call (800) 433-2767 or visit redcross.org/ca/san-jose.

Ben Packard elected mayor of Purcellville

Los Altos native Ben Packard has followed in the footsteps of his father, former Los Altos Mayor Ron Packard, by becoming involved in local public service.

While serving on the Planning Commission in Purcellville, Va., a small town outside Washington, D.C., he was elected to the city council. He received the highest number of votes in the May 6 election.

The younger Packard grew up in Los Altos, attended Almond School and graduated from Los Altos High School. He rose to the rank of Eagle Scout in Los Altos Troop 22 and attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Los Altos. He continued his education and, like his father, became an attorney. He earned a master’s degree in chemistry from George Mason University and works for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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