Submitted by Simone Broughton, Disaster Volunteer
- Sturdy shoes? Check.
- Red Cross badge, t-shirts, paperwork? Check.
- Feeling proud and excited about being a Red Cross disaster relief volunteer? DEFINATELY!
As I sit here waiting for my flight I take my first moment to reflect on my decision to put my Cincinnati life on hold for a few weeks and help those whose own worlds were swept away in the April 2011 tornados. Although I’ve never done this before – this relief operation is my first – it really wasn’t a hard decision to make. For years I’d seen similar stories on the news: earthquakes, fires, tornados – homes burnt up, livelihoods washed away, hopes and dreams put to the test. And so I got myself prepared. I got myself trained. I became a Red Cross Disaster Volunteer. And then…. I waited. I waited until I was needed. And then the day came when I got the phone call “Can you come help?”.
Within 24 hours of that phone call, I am my way to Raleigh, North Carolina. I was provided with everything I needed – a plane ticket, information on what to expect, etc. I am going to be helping Staff Services with processing volunteers and getting them exactly where they need to be and where they can be most helpful. I feel ready and excited (and yes, I’ll be honest – a little bit nervous too!).
To donate to this and other disasters just text REDCROSS to 90999 for a $10 donation, visit our website or call 1-800-REDCROSS. Your donation will help provide clean-up kits, meals, shelter and so much more to disaster victims.
Thank you for providing hope!