Local Volunteers Heading South To Help Disaster Relief Zones
Local Red Cross volunteers are deploying in the Midwest and South to help families devastated by deadly tornadoes that swept across the country this week.
These volunteers say they experience something special by giving their own time to help others.
The Red Cross says Columbus volunteers are going to Florida, Kansas and Arkansas to help people who have lost everything.
"We do what we can," says Red Cross volunteer, Dave Bezaire.
Husband and wife duo, Dave and Susi Bezaire, are preparing for the journey.
"Sad for the impact that the tornadoes have had," said volunteer, Susi Havens-Bezaire.
"I hate the fact that people are feeling bad. People have been hurt," said Dave Bezaire.
They're new to Red Cross, but long time volunteers. They're ready to leave Central Ohio for Arkansas.
"It's good to have some way to positively respond and maybe bring some little measure of assistance to them," said Dave Bezaire.
Rick Stose is heading out on his fifth trip with the Red Cross to provide relief.
"When they started forecasting the possibility of these big storms, I started packing," said Stose. "It's gratifying. It's gratifying knowing that, while you cannot prevent these things from happening, you can help them get thru it."
Soon, these Ohio volunteers will be helping people in Arkansas rebuild their lives.
"None of can feel like we can provide big assistance in this kind of a case, but to be able to do some little part, to make somebody's life better, especially at a time of a disaster, I kind of think that's what it's all about," said Dave Bezaire.
Since so many of the Red Cross workers are volunteers, they simply ask for donations to the Red Cross, so they can continue their relief work.