The last time Albert and Juanita Trujillo were in New York was during the American Red Cross response to 9/11. This time they will be dropping off one of the Red Cross’ next generation Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV). Built in Michigan by Ford this van is the newest proto-type of the mobile feeding and supply distribution vehicle that is at the heart of any Red Cross response to natural or man-made disasters.
Thinking about the return to New York Juanita said, “I hope we can go to “ground zero”. I heard it’s not finished, but just to see.” The Trujillos, long time volunteers of the Mid-Michigan Chapter of the Red Cross, dropped everything after receiving a call from the Red Cross and jumped at the chance to volunteer to drive the new ERV to New York.
Albert Trujillo drove an ERV during their deployment to 9/11, bringing food and drink to the police and firefighters at “ground zero”.
After almost 20 national deployments for Albert and over 12 for Juanita, everything from hurricane’s in Florida to wildfires in California, the couple from Bannister, MI expressed their joy in volunteering for the Red Cross and the experience it has given them.
They will be stopping in Ohio briefly and then be on to New York to drop off the new ERV and fly back to Lansing.
To help people affected by disasters visit www.redcross.org to find out how to become a volunteer or make a donation or even volunteer to drive an ERV! You can also call 1-517-702-3325 to make a financial donation.
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.