SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The East Coast is getting hit by
another storm. This time, a nor'easter is striking the same area struck by
In addition to the Convoy of Hope,
the American Red Cross has 50 volunteers from the Ozarks already stationed in
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as Nor'easter Slams Sandy-Battered Coast
"It is probably one of the
worst situations I have seen personally," says Nigel Holderby with the
Greater Ozarks Chapter of the Red Cross. "You know, we compare things to
the disaster that we had there in Missouri which was our Joplin tornado and how devastating that
was to our community and this was not just one or two communities, you know, we
had several communities affected. This was a multiple of communities affected,
so we have a very large number of people."
Holderby is in New Jersey Wednesday night, along with the
dozens of volunteers. They're hunkering down for another storm. They are ready
to go out into the hardest-hit areas to feed, provide shelter, comfort, and
hope to those who are living in fear of the unknown.
"As you can imagine, being in
such a traumatizing situation, people are very stressed out," adds
Holderby. "People are concerned about what's happening with this storm
people are worrying about what happens next."
Where there is disaster, the
volunteers are there. All summer, they responded to fires that destroyed
property and left many displaced throughout southwest Missouri. They bring their experiences,
their human compassion, and their desire to help those needing it the most.
know, I can take my own experience from my home with Joplin and bring that strength and support
to the people and say, 'I know that it is really hard right now, but we will
recover and we'll do it together,'" says Holderby. "I've been through
that and I'm watching Joplin recover and I know that will happen
for you here."