Local Red Cross volunteer pays it forward

LAS VEGAS - The local American Red Cross is sending volunteers and employees to Texas to help with relief efforts.

So far from the Nevada-Utah region, 25 Red Cross volunteers and employees are already en route to Texas with even more expected to deploy over the next few days.

Shauna Ringel is packing up for a big trip, but it's not a vacation. It's to volunteer.

"Red Cross, it's in your blood," she said.

This is her 14th deployment for the Red Cross. It's where she dedicates her time. She does it because one time, the Red Cross saved her.

"Years ago a dam broke in southeast Idaho and people came in and helped," said Shauna Ringel, volunteer. "When you're in a disaster like that, all you're really thinking about is survival."

Since then, she's paid that kindness forward by volunteering whenever disaster strikes. On this night, she's headed to the storm zone to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

"You're helping complete strangers, helping to lift them up," she said.

She'll help provide things like cots, blankets, ready-to-eat meals, and comfort kits.

"The thing about our shelters, they are a safe haven."

But the emergency response vehicles move more than supplies.

For people volunteering their time, their heart is behind these missions.

"It doesn't matter that you don't know them, it's people just like you and I and they are going through something horrific," Ringel said.

One last handshake and Ringel is off.

Her next stop is Texas.

"It's the hugs and the handshakes that we get from the clients that make it all worth it."


 


 


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