Volunteers Make a Difference…and It Shows!

Hurricane Florence Response – American Red Cross volunteers from across the country have been delivering food, water and supplies across the Carolinas following Hurricane Florence and unprecedented flooding. They have also brought hope and caring to the hard hit regions. Why do they leave their homes and travel to a disaster area? Because they care! They also enjoy the work they do as evidenced by the smiles on their faces. You could be part of the Red Cross and experience the joy that comes with helping people in their darkest hours. Visit redcross.org/volunteer and feel your heart grow.  Can’t volunteer, then donate to American Red Cross Disaster Relief at redcross.org/donate.

 

September 24, 2018. Hope Mills, North Carolina. Volunteers from kitchen six pose in front of their ERV. After spending lengthy emotional and rewarding days together on a team for two weeks, long lasting friendships form between volunteers.

September 24, 2018. Hope Mills, North Carolina. Volunteers from kitchen six pose in front of their ERV. After spending lengthy emotional and rewarding days together on a team for two weeks, long lasting friendships form between volunteers.

September 22, 2018. Lumberton, North Carolina. Volunteers at kitchen four in Lumberton, North Carolina work hard in the hot Carolina sun to load the Emergency Response Vehicles with food, water, snacks, and supplies to bring to local shelters and churches before dinner time. Their truck’s route was not an easy one, the roads were flooded with water and only large vehicles could access the clients to get them the food and supplies they need.

September 23, 2018. Lumberton, North Carolina. Volunteers in Lumberton start the morning off by getting the supplies packed from the kitchen and onto the Emergency Response Vehicles to serve communities in need. Kitchens have been helping feed residents who have limited access to food and water for almost two weeks.

September 23, 2018. Lumberton Junior High School, Lumberton, North Carolina. Winston Small knew he had to help when disaster stuck three hours from his home in North Carolina. Since his arrival Winston has been driving an Emergency Response Vehicle to feed residents in need.

September 22, 2018. Garland, North Carolina. Evelyn Carter is known in the town of Garland as the Red Crosser that helps the community. Residents have come to her Emergency Response Vehicle to receive meals and have told her that she is famous around town. “One lady was in tears, crying, they are so thankful.” Evelyn has been helping the residents of Garland for a week serving about 250 meals a day from her truck. “I volunteer with the Red Cross to help people.” Having been affected by disasters herself, Evelyn feels close to the Red Cross mission.

September 22, 2018. Lumberton, North Carolina. A couple who lives up the street in Lumberton, North Carolina heard around town that the Red Cross was serving food in the neighborhood. Johnny Watls and Allison Freeman lost power in their home last week and were thankful for the hot meals the Red Cross provided them.

September 22, 2018. Garland, North Carolina. A young mother and her two children, Kevin four years old and Marbella two years old, are thankful to receive a hot lunch at a mobile feeding site in Garland, North Carolina.

September 22, 2018. Garland, North Carolina. Two Emergency Response Vehicles fed 500 residents a hot lunch and gave out thousands of bottled waters in Garland this Saturday afternoon. Many in the town of Garland are without power and word quickly spread that the Red Cross was there helping the those in need.

September 25, 2018. Cumberland Baptist Church, Hope Mills, North Carolina. Cameron came with his mother Alicia and sister Marlana to help bring 20 meals to their neighborhood for those who cannot leave their houses. This family thanked the Red Cross for coming to town. “In the Fayetteville news all you see is crime, since the hurricane happened, you see people helping people. It’s a nice change.” The family is helping spread the word around town that the Red Cross is here to help. Their father  works for a power company. “He was working so hard to get everyone’s power back on he didn’t come home for seven days.” Now more than ever, the community is working together to help one another.

September 23, 2018. Lumberton, North Carolina. Volunteers Bill, Winston, and Elizabeth served 150 hot meals for lunch and 150 hot meals for dinner to the families and residents in Lumberton, North Carolina at the Lumberton Junior High School this Sunday.

September 23, 2018. Lumberton, North Carolina. Volunteers Bill, Winston, and Elizabeth served 150 hot meals for lunch and 150 hot meals for dinner to the families and residents in Lumberton, North Carolina at the Lumberton Junior High School this Sunday.