More than a week after the landslide in Oso, Washington, the American Red Cross has boots on the ground, providing relief and comfort to a devastated community. More than half of the Red Cross disaster workers are from Washington State, who have stepped up to help their neighbor in need.
Local volunteers from the Northwest Washington Region jumped in as soon as the call for help went out and many continue to help alongside members of this small community.
“We got the call and mobilized immediately,” said Paul Korneliussen, shelter manager for the Darrington shelter. “These people are our neighbors and needed our help.”
Last Thursday evening the team effort between Red Cross workers and the Darrington community was in full swing. A potluck dinner was put together by the community and was served by Red Cross disaster responders.
“Seeing those wonderful red vests handing out the food we prepared made us all feel good,” said Diane Boyd, a leader in the Darrington community. “It shows how we can work together to get through this horrible event.”
Dawn Mullkey, a resident of Darrington, brought her family to the community center for dinner. “This is so great and we appreciate all of the hard work that went into putting it together,” Mullkey said.
Learn more about the Red Cross Oso landslide response in Washington.