Chicago Red Cross Volunteers Assist Those In Need In Carolinas

Bernie Tafoya
September 20, 2018 - 9:23 am
Hurricane Tropical Storm Florence North Carolina

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- American Red Cross volunteers from the Chicago area are among those continuing to try to make life a little easier for victims of Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas. 

"The biggest thing, the questions are, you know, when can I go home?" said Red Cross volunteer Steve Wise. He’s acting director of a shelter in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on the basketball court at Wake Forest University.

Wise said more than 300 people are still living in the shelter. 

"Our high number during the time, I believe, was almost 450 people. We are down to low 300s right now," he said.

The New Lenox resident said the next day or so is critical from a flooding standpoint. Wise said there's "a good possiblity" he could be seeing more people seeking refuge at the shelter. 

Wise said he and fellow volunteers work 12-14 hour shifts "to get the job done."  He said volunteers have "great hearts" and "know that people need us."

In Fayetteville, North Carolina, Red Cross volunteer Terry Nosal of Lemont works with emergency response vehicles that provide meals to hurricane victims. Right now, though, he said, "we’re actually doing a lot of movement of supplies to different shelters."

This is the first time Nosal has been sent to a natural disaster. He said it's been worthwhile helping others out. 

"You’re dealing with folks on some of their worst days of their life and trying to bring some comfort, some amount of care at a time where they're really down and out," he said.

Wise and Nosal are scheduled to return home next week after their two-week missions.