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Central Illinois Flood - A Little Help Goes a Long Way

From left to right – Shelby, Joey and Kirstin help make sandwiches that will be delivered to sandbaggers along the Illinois River.

As the flooding disaster continues to spread, the number of volunteers assisting the American Red Cross keeps growing. And, the help is coming from people near and far, young and old.

14-year-old Shelby Archdale jumped at the opportunity to help her community. “Happy, glad to be able to give back, it’s so much better than sitting at home,” said Archdale.

Archdale joined the Stroud family, who volunteered at the Central Illinois Chapter, to make sandwiches to be delivered by the Emergency Response Vehicles to shelters and volunteer sandbaggers.

“We made over 200 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and now making more,” said Lisa Stroud.

“Least we could do is help,” said Archdale.

Lisa Stroud was invited by her sister to volunteer and thought this would be a great opportunity to teach her children and family friend the importance of helping those in need.

“Great way to teach kids how to give back to their community,” said Stroud.

As the young volunteers prepared the sandwiches for delivery, they could not keep from smiling. They said this experience made them feel really good to assist.

“Makes me feel grateful to have the opportunity to help,” said 14-year-old Kirstin Stroud.

“Glad I can give back to the community during hard times,” said 11-year old Joey Stroud.