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Red Cross Volunteers from Charlotte Area Go To Arkansas, Kansas to Help Tornado Victims

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Some volunteers in the Charlotte area are on their way to Arkansas and Kansas to help people devastated by tornadoes. A team of four left Charlotte Thursday and will be providing disaster relief for 14 days.

Katrina Dirscherl left behind a full-time job and her family to deploy to Kansas and do case work for tornado victims. Dirscherl said, “This is exciting for us. This tickles our fancy.” She said the situation in Kansas will be difficult. Dirscherl added, “I know that where I’m going there’s no running water. There’s no power. There’s water supply contamination, and there’s also food supply issues.”

This will be Dirscherl’s first national deployment. Joanne Brooks has helped out during a couple of major disasters, including providing relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Brooks started volunteering because she knows how it feels to lose someone you love. Brooks said, “The long story short was I was married for 42 years, and I lost my husband. I had retired to take care of him, so what am I going to do, and I had a sweet spot for Red Cross.”

The volunteers will be covering two different states with one goal in mind-to give back to others. Brooks said, “The Red Cross has done just as much for me as I’ve done for it.”

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