By Shoba Brown
American Red Cross
After almost 22 years with the Highway Patrol and on the cusp of retirement, David Moyers realized he needed to find something to fill his time. He recalled the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and how he felt at that time. It “stimulated an interest in volunteering,” said David. He has now been a Red Cross volunteer for 4 years, with his first deployment during Hurricane Mathew in the fall of 2016.
With heavy rains and flooding this July, the American Red Cross (of Greater Kansas City and Northwest Missouri) jumped into action calling upon volunteers to step up and help. David Moyers answered that call. He spent a few days doing damage assessment, then transitioned to working with logistics to distribute emergency supplies to clients in the affected area. When asked why he volunteers, David responds with a simple “It is gratifying to reach out and help.” He says, “Some have lost more than others. This flood permeates everything, nothing is left untouched.”
Indeed, this flood has touched everyone including David Moyers. “There is flooding in my basement and I need to keep it contained”, he said and yet this dedicated volunteer answers the call to help his community!