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Local Red Cross volunteer heads to North Carolina

Nick Rocha speaks about his dedication to volunteering with the American Red Cross Nick Rocha speaks about his dedication to volunteering with the American Red Cross
Kiley Murray, Executive Director for the American Red Cross of the Texas Panhandle Kiley Murray, Executive Director for the American Red Cross of the Texas Panhandle
American Red Cross Emergency Truck American Red Cross Emergency Truck

Dozens of people in North Carolina are still feeling the affects of Hurricane Matthew. There have been 22 storm related deaths in that state alone, and flood waters continue to rise. 

Amarillo resident, Nick Rocha, is putting his life on hold, once again, to offer a helping hand. 

"Any time there's a distress call for helping people, or helping people get out of the danger zone, you can guarantee my bags are packed up and ready to go," said Rocha.  

Nick Rocha is no stranger to seeing devastation. In fact, he hadn't even unpacked his bag from his last volunteer work with another deadly flood situation in Louisiana this summer. 

He's using his vacation time through is daytime job at Wal-Mart to head to North Carolina. He leaves on Monday -- driving over 14,000 miles to Fayetteville. 

"I'll be feeding people street by street and delivering food to the shelters," said Rocha. 

Rocha plans on staying for 20 days, with some days lasting well over 12 hours While he might be putting his life in danger -- heading out to some of the worst flood areas in the southeast -- he says it's all worth it. 

"He's a great example of that volunteer spirit is," said Executive Director for the American Red Cross of the Texas Panhandle, Kiley Murray. "That's what the Red Cross and a lot of non-profits are based one, that volunteer spirit." 

And it's that need that keeps Rocha volunteering with the Red Cross year after year. No matter how emotional a scene may be -- Rocha never hesitates. 

Rocha will actually have some company this time around, another volunteer from Fritch will drive with him. 

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