GILBERT (July 24, 2013) – Dani Winhold was fairly new to her job with the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter when she was deployed to New York last year for Hurricane Sandy relief.
An AmeriCorps member from Gilbert, Winhold had worked for the Grand Canyon Chapter for only a few months when she received her assignment: Mass care at Nassau Community College, one of the largest Red Cross shelters on Long Island. “I was nervous,” she said. “I didn’t know what to expect.”
Winhold spent two weeks on security duties and serving evacuees alongside other Red Cross volunteers. She brought the experience back to the Grand Canyon Chapter, where her responsibilities include disaster relief, community outreach and preparedness. In the aftermath of the Yarnell Hill Fire that killed 19 firefighters and displaced hundreds last month, Winhold got to work.
“This was so close to home. It’s only an hour’s drive away,” Winhold said. “I felt we were ready to help. I know a lot of the local volunteers, and I have seen a lot of compassion.”
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. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit www.redcross.org/gcc, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.