|Published:||Nov 08, 2012 3:40 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 08, 2012 6:09 PM EST|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Four Red Cross volunteers left from Southwest Florida International airport today. They will join the 21 other Lee County volunteers who are already up north helping with Hurricane Sandy relief.
At 91, Hilda Webber is one of the oldest Red Cross volunteers.
"I know I am helping someone. It gives me satisfaction and makes me feel good and that is the purpose of life," said Webber.
The work Webber and other volunteers will do is crucial after yesterday's noreaster. It brought thousands of new power outages and flooding to communities already crippled by Hurricane Sandy.
Colin Downey, Red Cross Spokesman said, "Colder weather is not going to make this any easier. The only bright spot is we were able to plan because we knew the storm was coming we shipped in extra blankets before the storm came through."
Volunteers, like Catherine Chiaradonna, will be handing out medicine.
"I look forward to seeing the area and being oriented to the resources and needs that are there. identifying the needs and what needs to be done first."
The Red Cross said this mission may be its biggest response in the united states in the past five years.
It is expected the Red Cross volunteers from our area will return in about two weeks.
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