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National Hispanic Heritage Month Profile - Myrta Pedrosa

Doña Myrta Pedrosa: Voluntaria de toda la vida
I think everyone should be a part of the solution that confronts our communities.

Myrta Pedrosa was only seventeen years old when she took her first American Red Cross course and she has been involved with Red Cross ever since. Pedrosa has always been available to help her community and is currently volunteering with Disaster Services helping with data entry.

Over the past 10 years, she served in various volunteer roles with the Puerto Rico Region. She enjoys encouraging and helping others with their problems and times of need. During her time with Red Cross and her many deployments, she recalls two occasions that made an impact on her. The first one took place on Christmas Day in the small mountain city of Aibonito. The city had experienced torrential rains and floods and affected many of its citizens. Pedrosa and Eugenio Ayala, her volunteer partner, were visiting the neighborhoods and providing client services when she came across a young family. The family lost everything to the floods. On that day the Red Cross volunteers gave them needed items, services and a shoulder to cry on.

“Upon leaving the house, I gave them a hug and we all started crying,” recalled Pedrosa.

Another memorable deployment was to Florida to supervise a shelter for 450 Mexicans migrants. “It was a pleasure to be there,” said Pedrosa. “We all united like family.”

It is her generous spirit that makes Pedrosa so special in all the things she does with Red Cross.

The mother of three is dedicated to helping others and encourages others to do the same and volunteer. “I think everyone should be a part of the solution that confronts our communities.”

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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