The following is an excerpt from an article posted in the kdhnews.com in April 2017: 

“Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and Louisiana more than a month ago.

Irma followed in Florida.

An earthquake just struck Mexico.

Now, Hurricane Maria is headed for the East Coast.

Is the apocalypse here now?

We had a birds-eye view of how much damage a natural disaster could do to an area in Texas over the last five weeks. Our newspaper reported daily about shelters in Bell County.

I actually learned a lot about the Red Cross via the conversations with volunteers.

Did you know that volunteers make up 90 percent of the work force for the Red Cross? Volunteers respond to more than 64,000 disasters each year, according to their website.

Most volunteers are working people who take two- to three-week stints to help.

According to a press release, with a large response effort spanning multiple states, the American Red Cross is working closely with government agencies and community organizations to coordinate this multi-state relief response. Partners like AmeriCorps, Islamic Relief USA, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the National Baptist Convention USA are assisting to provide help and comfort.”

 

Read the full post on kdhnews.com

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