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New volunteers look to help at the Red Cross

Eastern MA News 2012 11/7/2012 New volunteers look to help at the Red Cross 720

Meet Mary Barry and Carlos Ortiz: two of the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts’ newest volunteers.

The two recently took Disaster Services training, the first step in becoming a Red Cross volunteer.

Barry’s path to the organization began when her friend, a single mother, had a disaster of her own: a house fire. Barry witnessed Rod Cross volunteers rapidly arrive to the scene, providing the family with clothes, food and lodging.

Now, years later, the Sudbury woman has decided to become a volunteer herself – and the timing is just right, as three of her four children are out of the house.

Carlos Ortiz shares similar memories of the Red Cross.

A firefighter in Hartford, Ortiz frequently saw Red Cross volunteers respond to fire scenes to help families in need.

“Seeing those volunteers really struck a chord with me,” he said.

Now a retired firefighter living in Boston, Ortiz has signed up to volunteer with Red Cross Disaster Services; he hopes to help out by providing food and lodging to families affected by natural disaster.

Consider following their footsteps and becoming a Red Cross volunteer. We will be hosting Disaster Overview courses all throughout next week. To get started, click here.