BANGOR – Another volunteer will join a handful of Mainers already on the ground with the American Red Cross helping disaster relief efforts in Texas.
“I feel fortunate to be able to go, but it is unnerving,” said Caroline King, executive director of the American Red Cross of Northern and Eastern Maine.
Caroline King is the latest Mainer headed to Texas, where tens of thousands are suffering as Hurricane Harvey continues to ravage the state.
“This storm is just sitting over the people of Texas and the rain and the flooding are just disproportionately epic,” King said.
King will join five other Mainers already on the front lines, working to help those who have lost everything.
“You jump in with both feet and you hit the ground running,” said King.
4,000 Red Cross volunteers from across the country are expected along the Gulf Coast.
“You know, our volunteer force is 90% volunteers from all over the country, our workforce,” said Lloyd Ziel of the American Red Cross, at the convention center in Houston where volunteers are helping victims. “So, these folks have left their families and left their homes to come here and make sure that the people here in Houston and in Texas are taken care of.”
A few dozen of those volunteers will come from Maine.
“We are sending folks who already know the drill, already have their information and are ready to go,” said King. “They land on the ground and are as helpful as possible”
As of Monday afternoon, King had her suitcase in her trunk, waiting to hear her assignment.
“You get nervous. You wonder what it’s going to be like, but you go with good intentions in your heart and you do the best that you can and that’s where I’m going,” said King.
At this time the Red Cross is only accepting financial donations. If you’re interested in helping disaster relief efforts, go to www.redcross.org, or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.