Friday, October 14, 2016

Right Place, Right Time by Christine Pretto

Three Red Cross volunteers had no idea that a routine trip to deliver a medical cot to a shelter in Orangeburg would end up saving a life. 

Rebecca Alberda of Michigan and Mona and Terry Glant of Washington arrived on site at the high school shelter to deliver the cot only to learn that the shelter was closing down.  

A 55-year-old woman drove in to the parking lot just after they arrived. She had nearly run out of gas, and her vehicle was barely limping in.  

Mona began talking with the woman to see how they might be able to help.  The woman was already quite distressed when Mona noticed that she was also visibly shaking.  The woman revealed that she was diabetic and she and her brother had been living without power, food, water, and insulin for nearly two days.  

"That's the kind of need that is out there right now," says Mona. 

After realizing the woman was going in to diabetic shock, other volunteers on site jumped in to help take her vitals and Rebecca called 9-1-1.  There was no longer food available but the volunteers shared their granola bars and juice with the woman while they waited for the ambulance and EMTs to arrive.

"We left her in their very capable hands," says Rebecca, 

Upon recounting story to other Red Cross volunteers they were applauded as heroes but Rebecca disagrees, "We were just in the right place at the right time."

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