Story: Getting Supplies to Clients in Colorado

September 23, 2013

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By CARL MANNING
To the casual visitor, it looks like a whirlwind of chaos with big trucks backing up to the unloading doors, forklifts zipping around the massive warehouse floor unloading dozens of pallets and then loading them into other vehicles for delivery to area affected by the Colorado flooding.

In recent days, more than 17 truckloads of supplies including personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, lanterns, tents, sleeping bags, rakes, tarps, gloves, flashlights, colors and insect repellent has arrived.

“We want to get the product out to the client because they are ones who are needing it and they are needing it now,” Bos said.

On a recent day, Bos and his crew were busy loading a truck with blankets, gloves and cleanup kits heading out to one of the flooded areas. He watched to make sure everything was loaded properly and secured for the ride before heading out.

While overseeing the warehouse operation is a big part of his work, Bos feels he has another role to make sure that the money donated to the Red Cross is being used efficiently.

“I don’t see where anything we do shouldn’t be concerned with the donor dollar,” he said. “They are ones who are paying for this and we need to respect that.”

Bos, who retired after an Air Force career, said he is volunteering with the Red Cross because “it’s time to give back to the community.”
It’s a job with long hours and no pay, but Bos said his reward is knowing that what he is doing is helping those in need.

“You can’t put a dollar figure on it,” he said.


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“I’ve never seen anything like it,” she said. “All of the four buildings on my 40 acres are gone”.

Kelly came to the Carney Senior Center where the American Red Cross has set up a distribution center for residents impacted by the tornado. Along with her mother-in-law, Janet Young, they were able to get some gloves and personal hygiene items. Kelly is just one of the thousands of Oklahoman being helped by the Red Cross in Carney, Wellston, Luther, Shawnee, Bethel Acres, Little Axe and Moore.

“Everywhere you look, they’re there,” she said. “They’ve given us food and water. The Red Cross took care of us. I can’t thank them enough.”

Both Kelly and Janet said when they get things rebuilt, they’re going to help their local Red Cross.

“They’ve gone above and beyond and have thought of things I never even knew I would need,” she said.

For more on what the Red Cross is doing in Oklahoma for tornado relief, visit www.redcross.org.


PHOTO: Dell Brings Comfort

May 28, 2013
Thanks to Dell’s child friendly area, Jakob Waddle, 9, was able play Xbox 360 while his mom Kate Waddle met with the Red Cross and partner agencies. Shannon Steele, a Dell employee, has seen dozens of children at the MARC (Multi-Agency Resources Center) in Westmoore High School coloring, watching, movies and playing video games.

Thanks to Dell’s child friendly area, Jakob Waddle, 9, was able play Xbox 360 while his mom Kate Waddle met with the Red Cross and partner agencies.
Shannon Steele, a Dell employee, has seen dozens of children at the MARC (Multi-Agency Resources Center) in Westmoore High School coloring, watching, movies and playing video games.


Photos: Oklahoma Tornado Response

May 27, 2013
Free 24/7 clinic

24/7 Clinic at the Moore Community Center Shelter

Dr. Amanda Theys, working with Medical Reserve Corps (pictured far right) is facilitating a 24/7 no-cost medical clinic at Moore Community Center in Moore, OK.

Dr. Theys and nurses Stephanie Gehrke and Sally Wallace from Moore Medical Center are giving free tetanus shots to people who are sifting through the debris.

Allie Joyner and Aly Humbles stopped by the clinic to get their eyes flushed after getting dust in them.

The Medical Reserve Corps and the Red Cross are working together to meet the health services needs of people in Oklahoma after the tornadoes.


May 27, 2013

Disaster relief worker aids neighbors in need

Gordon Burgess, site manager at the Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) in Little Axe Elementary School in Norman, OK, traveled from Woodward, OK, where he works at the Red Cross in disaster relief.

He said last year his community was struck by a tornado and received significant aid from the Red Cross. He is happy he can now give back to another community through the same organization.


Photos: Oklahoma Tornado Response

May 27, 2013
Keith Anderson, Volunteer

Keith Anderson celebrates Memorial Day in service

Red Cross disaster worker Keith Anderson of Kansas is proud to volunteer in the Oklahoma tornado response on Memorial Day!


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