Tropical Storm Philippe’s near-hurricane force winds and flash flooding wreaked havoc up and down the Northeast on Sunday night, shutting off the lights for the more than one million people who lost electricity. Almost 4 million people lost power alone in Maine. So while the Red Cross Regional teams in neighboring states were able to handle the demand for assistance, the Pine Tree State’s Red Cross called in for reinforcements.
Four of our Massachusetts volunteers answered the call, and gathered at our headquarters in Medford to collect their assignments (and bus tickets!).
Andrew Enos, back from deployments to Texas and Florida, Deborah McGah, just back from Florida and Richard Figueiredo, barely rested from his deployment to Puerto Rico and Judy Scarafile all cheerfully volunteered to support our shelters out of the operation HQ in Topsham, Maine. Here they are, jumping at the chance to help their neighbors (and sample some lobster chowder during their off hours). This is a testament to how volunteering can not only be selfless, but also satisfying and even fun.
And they’re off to the bus station!
If you’d like to know how to get involved, go to our volunteer intake page.