Stories from the Scene

Experience the impact of a disaster firsthand through the stories of passionate victims and dedicated volunteers. These are their stories.
Lauren Pucci, Disaster Relief Volunteer

“I love this kind of work. At times, it can be really stressful, and sometimes I think, ‘What am I doing here?’, but seeing the effects that you and your fellow volunteers have makes all the stress totally worth it."

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Cheryl Fleet, Disaster Relief Volunteer

“That is something that was amazing to me – when you put that Red Cross vest on - which we wore from the beginning [of our journey] - and even when we would just stop at rest stops, we would get out of the ERV and walk across the parking lot, and most everyone that saw us would say, ‘Thank You.’”

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Floretta Moore, Fire Victim

“I love this kind of work. At times, it can be really stressful, and sometimes I think, ‘What am I doing here?’, but seeing the effects that you and your fellow volunteers have makes all the stress totally worth it."

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John Breitweiser, Disaster Relief Volunteer

“It was an unbelievable experience. In the short time I was in Rainsville, I bonded with some of the people and got to know them well. The friendships that were formed in light of this tragedy will last forever. Lives were taken and lives were saved, everyone’s life had been changed forever from that tornado. I would go again in a heartbeat.”

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Lynne Leeds and John Puckey, Fire Victims

"We had nothing, not even winter coats. The Red Cross gave us clothing to keep us warm because we couldn't go into the house and all of our belongings were damaged."

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