Stop Over And Make Someone Smile

Special Post From Red Cross Disaster Volunteer Dun Bui

Dun Bui (far right) and other Red Cross disaster responders at the shelter in Oceanport, New Jersey.

Red Cross volunteers from Kentucky, Ohio, New York, Minnesota and Wisconsin are working together at the shelter at Maple Place School in Oceanport, New Jersey.

Over 600 people have checked into the Red Cross shelter established at Maple Place School in Oceanport over the past 48 hours. Many have come in for a hot meal, chance to charge some electronic devices, file a claim with FEMA or just talk with a friendly volunteer.

A majority of the Red Cross volunteers are not even from this area or state. A husband and wife drove from Kentucky, one woman came in from Ohio, another from up-state New York while two others are from Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Volunteers are needed at the shelter to assist with serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also people are needed to help watch and supervise children and play games with senior citizens. The shelter is open 24 hours. And if you can spare an hour or so, stop over and make someone smile.

Thank you to Dun Bui and the other 5,400 Red Cross volunteers responding to the Superstorm Sandy disaster on the East Coast. Take care and return home safe and happy.

Author: American Red Cross

The American Red Cross provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. The Minnesota Region serves 5.2 million people across Minnesota and part of western Wisconsin.

1 thought on “Stop Over And Make Someone Smile”

  1. Have had an action packed first 24 hours. Today was on seek and serve in Moonachie,NJ. These people were hit by the ocean surge backing up the rivers creating a wall of water 12 feet high. With two other mental health team members we drove and walked the community going door to door, in stores and laundromats to listen to the people and what they experienced, need and help provide hope. All their cars destroyed, hones and belingings destroyed. Yet one local man has started a place to get supplies to his neighbors, feed them, having neighborhood come together there and Sunday having Halloween finally! There is sorrow, courage and bravery everywhere. I am blessed to be here.

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