Volunteers Give Time, Sacrifice Safety to Help Others

Published 06/12 2013 11:18PM

Updated 06/13 2013 08:53AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) They are some of the first to the scene of any disaster.

"They provide services from mass care, feeding, to nursing," said Angie Springs with the Midland Empire Chapter of the American Red Cross. "We've had a nurse that's deployed a couple of times."

They bring relief to people like those devastated by tornadoes in Oklahoma.

"It's not just what you see on TV," said Karla Long during a fund drive for Moore, Oklahoma."It's the sounds that go with it, it's the smell, it's everything is just totally overwhelming."

It's a task any of the 16 volunteers that helped could have easily avoided.

As Clarence King described before his deployment, it is a call volunteers are compelled to answer.

"It's kind of a shock when you get there because of the devastation that it does," said King. "You get to work with the people that are there and you have to have an open mind about whats there and be able to work with anything."

Four volunteers are still out in storm-battered Oklahoma.

For weeks, they leave their home and family to make sure others can return to a normal sense of life.

"The American Red Cross relies on volunteers to be the hands and feet of what we do," said Springs. "And we wouldn't be able to provide the services without them."

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