Red Cross thanks volunteers after deployment to Hurricane Sandy - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

Red Cross thanks volunteers after deployment to Hurricane Sandy

Posted: Updated:

After serving thousands and thousands of free labor hours, area American Red Cross volunteers were recognized and honored Thursday night. The open house was also to recognize March as National American Red Cross Month, but mainly to thank our local volunteers, who, even when the call was demanding, set their lives aside to serve others.

From Hurricane Sandy to Sandy Hook, in recent months dozens of local Red Cross volunteers left the Panhandle to assist disaster victims and brave mass destruction.

"I deployed November third and was gone for three weeks," said longtime Red Cross volunteer Roseanne Langevin. "My job while there was looking after all of the thousands of Red Cross volunteers who were deployed."

"The water levels were really high, debris was washed up on their porches and patios and in their houses," added another Red Cross volunteer, Shannon Jones. "The difficult part of it was just devastation, the frustration, and where are the answers?"

Thursday, those volunteers were honored and awarded. A simple thank you, that may never be enough.

"They dedication and the passion that those in our area have and the impact they make is huge," said Texas Panhandle American Red Cross Executive Director, Steve Pair. "I mean, there's people that wouldn't have been able to get the help that they needed had these volunteers not deployed."

But it never really was a "thank you" this group set out to find.

"When the Red Cross personnel were leaving, as exhausted as they were, they still didn't want to leave," said Langevin. "They felt so compelled to stay, there was so much work to be done."

"You don't think about the house that you spend helping other people," added Jones. "It's just something that you do."

Giving their time, and maybe even a hug.

"Texans are huggers," said Langevin. "I just think having Texans there putting their arms around people who needed hugs, needed support was great."

If you're interested in volunteering with the Red Cross, log on to their web site at www.redcross.org/texaspanhandle.

  • Today's Local News HeadlinesToday's Local NewsMore>>

  • APD searching for stabbing suspects

    APD searching for stabbing suspects

    Sunday, April 20 2014 11:53 PM EDT2014-04-21 03:53:21 GMT
    Amarillo Police are looking for three suspects who are accused of stabbing a man early Sunday morning. They say the victim was at the Sanborn park around 2:30 a.m. when he was approached by the suspects. Officials say the victim was stabbed twice in the abdomen and was transported to the hospital. If you know anything about this incident, call Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 374-4400.
    Amarillo Police are looking for three suspects who are accused of stabbing a man early Sunday morning. They say the victim was at the Sanborn park around 2:30 a.m. when he was approached by the suspects. Officials say the victim was stabbed twice in the abdomen and was transported to the hospital. If you know anything about this incident, call Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 374-4400.
  • Alibates celebrates National Park Week

    Alibates celebrates National Park Week

    Sunday, April 20 2014 11:47 PM EDT2014-04-21 03:47:35 GMT
    There are over 400 national parks in America, one of which is here in our area.This week, the Alibates Flint Quarries National Park is celebrating national park week. Until the 27th, you're invited to stop by our local national park where you can hike, camp and enjoy the wild life. On the 22nd, national parks are honoring Earth Day. They encourage you to stop by and help pick up trash to help keep our parks beautiful.
    There are over 400 national parks in America, one of which is here in our area.This week, the Alibates Flint Quarries National Park is celebrating national park week. Until the 27th, you're invited to stop by our local national park where you can hike, camp and enjoy the wild life. On the 22nd, national parks are honoring Earth Day. They encourage you to stop by and help pick up trash to help keep our parks beautiful.
  • Large donation to help local Ronald McDonald House

    Large donation to help local Ronald McDonald House

    Volunteers from Kohl's donated over a thousand dollars to the Ronald McDonald house of Amarillo, Saturday afternoon.
    Volunteers from Kohl's donated over a thousand dollars to the Ronald McDonald house of Amarillo, Saturday afternoon.