Raybo Frank has volunteered with the American Red Cross for more than seven years and has been through 28 deployments. Most recently, Frank travelled from his home in northern Maine to Hawaii, where he served as an overnight shelter supervisor after widespread wildfires ravaged parts of Maui.
In late August, high winds and dry conditions combined to fuel one of the deadliest wildfires in U.S. history. Kula, Pūlehu/Kihei, Ka'anapali and Lahaina were some of the hardest hit areas. Like other Red Cross volunteers who deployed to the region, Frank says it was a challenging and inspiring experience.
“If I can make something happen a little easier, I go for it,” said Frank.
He recalls a day when he was looking out over the burned town of Lahaina, when he was approached by several residents who wanted to thank him for being there to help.
“I remember there was a lot of crying, hugging and kissing. I couldn't ask for anything better,” said Frank. “They kept on saying to me, ‘Thank you for being a Red Cross volunteer and doing the job that you are doing.’”