Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Red Cross Volunteer: “I Was Looking for My Purpose”

By Patricia Kemp, Communications Manager, American Red Cross 

Red Cross volunteer Deb Crowe is the last person people see when they go to sleep at night at the Summerville shelter, and the first one to greet them with a cup of coffee when they wake up.

The night manager at the local high school where the Red Cross set up a shelter for Dorchester Country residents is wide awake at 3:00 a.m. in case anyone needs an extra blanket or a nighttime snack. Residents know if they need anything to ask the lady in red, who started volunteering 10 years ago when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast.

“I was looking for my purpose,” Deb said.

She found it with the Red Cross. Taking care of people in times of disaster became Deb’s new passion. Over the past decade she volunteered during other hurricanes and disasters, but flooding across South Carolina hit home for her.

Deb lives a few miles down the road from shelter she’s managing. While her home was spared from the flood, those in her own community weren’t as fortunate. That’s why she offered to help her neighbors – anytime of the day or night.   

More than 1,000 Red Cross workers from around the country have joined the flood relief effort in South Carolina, but Deb didn’t have to step much further than her own backyard to find her purpose this time.

If you’re inspired to help, new volunteers can visit RedCross.org/SC and click on “Volunteer” to start an application. You’ll be trained by the Red Cross to help us prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.

After a major disaster, financial donations are the quickest and best way to get help to the people who need it most. You can help people affected by disasters like the flooding in South Carolina and countless other crises by making a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your gift helps provide food, shelter and more to those affected by disasters.

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