(Memphis) The Memphis Chapter of the American Red Cross is joining relief efforts in flood-ravaged areas of Colorado.
Tuesday morning, volunteer Maggie Adkison left the Memphis Chapter office in Midtown to catch a flight to Denver.
Red Cross Chapters from across the country are providing food, shelter and supplies, but Adkison will be handling a different part of the disaster recovery.
“You just take a deep breath and step off the plane and then help where you can.”
With bags packed, Maggie Adkison celebrated her one-year anniversary as a Red Cross volunteer by heading to Denver.
She’ll help with disaster recovery in flood impacted areas outside Denver.
“I am trained and will be volunteering to do financial and statistical information. It allows us to track where the donor dollars are being spent and how many clients are being served.”
The Red Cross set up shelters in Colorado, Texas and New Mexico.
And as flood waters recede, there will likely be more Memphis Chapter volunteers hitting the road.
Kim Motschman Cribb, with the Mid-South Chapter of the American Red Cross, says that’s standard procedure in such a large-scale disaster.
“There is a need for more volunteers to go out and do damage assessment, to see where the clients have need, to see where there needs to be mobile feeding, to see if we need anymore shelters in place.”
Maggie Adkison could be in Colorado for as long as three weeks.
And while that’s a long time to be away from her family, she’s anxious to help out in any way she can.
She said that’s why she became a Red Cross volunteer.
“Because when natural disasters, or ‘any day’ disasters occur such as household fires, you never know when it’s going to be you or your family’s turn to need help. So you should help out while you can. So that was my biggest reason to go.”