CHICAGO (CBS) — American Red Cross volunteers from Illinois are headed south to help people affected by Hurricane Ida.

Charles “Sarge” Hughes loaded up the Red Cross relief van Monday morning and is on his way to Louisiana. The retired Marine Corps veteran has been a volunteer for more than four years.

Some volunteers are already in Baton Rouge helping people forced from their homes by Hurricane Ida.

From helping families have a place to sleep or a warm blanket to wrap around them, volunteers are working to comfort those in need.

They’re handing out meals, clean-up kits and water. So far, the Red Cross is sending in 600 volunteers to help with aftermath from Hurricane Ida.