In 2012, our nation dealt with the acts of nature, devastating homes and lives on the East coast. Plus, recently, the acts of one man, who gunned down 26 people in a small town Connecticut elementary school. Throughout these disasters and many more, one organization stands by our side, the American Red Cross.
The Rock River Valley Chapter is a part of national relief along with helping out locally. Nine volunteers from the area were sent east during Superstorm Sandy. One of the chapter's three vehicles is still there. In our region, the area wasn't destroyed by floods or high winds but there were instances where the Red Cross showed up for those suffering.
"If all we do is stand next to them, then we've done what we're supposed to do. But if they need more, food clothing shelter we want appropriate clothing, the winter months are here so we'll give them seasonal clothing if they need that." -says Rock River Valley Chapter Director of Fund Development Linda Parker.
Local Red Cross volunteers have responded to 40 fires since this summer. Before that, a mulch fire burned for days in Boone County.
"Besides standing next to the clients, we stand next to the firefighters also and make sure they're okay and they're hydrated and they have what they need." -she says.
The chapter has about 120 unpaid workers to choose from during emergencies.
"That stems from disaster relief volunteers, to mental health providers, to nurses. We have six nurses that will volunteer to go if needed." -says Parker.
Along with volunteering time, the Red Cross will take what you can give whether it's clothing or supplies. But, right now they're looking for a donation that's one size fits all.
"We really appreciate the monetary donations. At this point in time we ask that it's in that form." -she adds.
Click here if you're interested in supporting the Red Cross Rock River Valley Chapter through a donation. If you want to give your time as a volunteer, call (815)963-8471. You'll fill out an application and a background check will be issued.
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