On a cold, wet April day in Oklahoma City, Red Cross volunteers grabbed their jackets and rain gear to provide help to firefighters working a hay fire on the west side of the city. Not exactly the best conditions, but rain or shine the Red Cross will be there to help its community.
Volunteers Sarinah Cable, Dan Crowe and David VanMeter loaded up the Red Cross response vehicle and headed to the fire near Lake Overholser in Oklahoma City. Once they arrived on scene, they were greeted by the supervisor who escorted the truck down a muddy, gravel road to an area about 20 feet from the fire.
Within minutes, the coffee machines were fired up and the firefighters were at the truck looking for a meal and something warm to eat. Sarinah, Dan and David handed out coffee and hot chocolate to about 20 firefighters. One of the crew members came to the Red Cross truck with his own coffee mug. The volunteers also provided hamburgers from Sonic, snacks, water and Gatorade to the crews working on the fire.
It may not sound like much, but for these firefighter that cup of coffee and burger were a welcome sign. They were all very appreciative of the service and the meal. One going as far as saying "this is a blessing".
The Red Cross doesn't provide this service for the attention. It's an organization committed to helping all of those needing relief. This is done by helping firefighters, providing assistance to a family after a house fire or tornado, and providing shelter after disasters.
All Red Cross services are free thanks to the generosity of donors. The work couldn't happen with out the dedicated volunteers who give up their time to help others in need.
For more information on being a volunteer like Sarinah, Dan and David, visit redcross.org/oklahomacity or call 405-228-9500.
To make a donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-REDCROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 for a $10 donation.