Originally from Valley Forge, Pa., Ann Sattolo-Gano moved to Myrtle Beach in 2008.While she had never worked directly with the Red Cross before, her involvement with the Maryland Volunteer Defense Force put her working alongside nonprofits like Red Cross when she deployed to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
In September, Ann connected with the Eastern South Carolina Chapter of Red Cross just in time to provide assistance during a major storm threat. As Hurricane Matthew drew closer to the South Carolina coast October 6, she was preparing to assist at a Red Cross shelter.
Ann aspires to do some international Red Cross work. Through another nonprofit, she traveled to Greece in April to help Syrian refugees, an experience she will never forget. After spending seven years working at a local hospital, she has decided to pursue a master’s in public health. She said now is a time in her career that allows her to do some community service work.
Volunteering for Red Cross fits right in with her skills and talents.
“It is kind of what I do. This is where my interest lies and I am grateful to have something to do,” she said.
Photos/stories by Angela Nicholas/American Red Cross