(from Rick and Karen Campion, Red Cross Emergency Services Volunteers based in Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Today is day 16 of our Red Cross deployment to the Pennsylvania flood response and we’re on our way home to Minneapolis. This morning we cleared the final mobile feeding truck inspection and out-processing without a hitch.
This Red Cross national disaster response was well organized with a full complement of volunteers covering nearly 12,000 sq. miles of flood ravaged territory. Rick and I had a mobile feeding route in some of the hardest hit areas right along the banks of the Susquehanna River. We went from house to house to deliver meals. Many of the recipients said we were the first disaster relief people they had seen.
It was difficult to not get teary eyed when they expressed their sincere
We have traveled nearly 4000 miles since we left home on 9/11 and today was
a quiet ride allowing us time to reflect on our Pennsylvania experience. It’s easy to
be grateful for your blessings when you see the huge loss of so many.
We plan to be home this week and will see many of you soon.
Karen and Rick