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Centennial Stories Feature: Glenda and Joe Mertes

Centennial Stories 2014
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Oral History Project Launches with Story on Glenda and Joe Mertes, Disaster Volunteers

When metro residents Glenda and Joe Mertes decided it was time to retire, they didn’t settle into their rocking chairs; they went looking for people to help! The couple encountered the Red Cross after a tornado in South Georgia and found their volunteer calling. Today, they are trained Emergency Response Vehicle drivers who hit the road at a moment’s notice, delivering meals and supplies to disaster-stricken families. They talk about their Red Cross experiences and what makes them a good team.

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