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Volunteer Shares Hurricane Stories

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The American Red Cross has helped serve over 12 million meals and snacks to victims of Super Storm Sandy. Now finally, after three and a half months, three emergency vehicles from the Minn-Kota region have returned from the east coast.  Today Valley News Live talked to one  Red Cross Volunteer who used those vehicles to help victims of the storm.

"The more I heard about it the more I wanted to be there." Jane Rudlang says. Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast, affecting 24 states, the most severely hit were New York and New Jersey. And that's where Jane was sent.

"I told my regional disaster director that I was available and all of a sudden they were calling me saying get ready to go." Jane says. Minn-Kota CEO Judy Green says, "We support locally, we support regionally and we support nationally. And so when the call was made, hundreds of ERV's were basically deployed to that area that the storm hit."

After Jane found out she was going to help victims for two weeks she says it was a little frightening. "They couldn't tell you what you'd be getting into, or what you'd be assigned to do," Jane says. 

One of her assignments was to drive around an Emergency Response Vehicles or an ERV.

Jane says as soon as they got there they told her, "They said we need 100 drivers to go out tomorrow."

She and others went driving thousands of miles to help deliver food. Jane talked about her trip while helping the victims, "I would go to the kitchen, fill up with food, get meals ready and go out on our route."

Wednesday three ERV's from the Minn-Kota region that were gone helping victims, returned home, like Jane did after helping so many.

Jane remembers back. "It was heart-warming, it was I'd say it was very intense experience with dealing with people that are dealing with something that is totally out of their control. And it was very gratifying to be there, to help them. They thanked us everyday."

Judy Green agrees that it's an experience not only for volunteers but for the people they are helping. "That's really the mission, the heart of the red cross is supporting people, providing hope, providing shelter and providing care to those in need."

Jane signed up to join American Red Cross almost one year ago. She was gone for two weeks helping Hurricane Sandy victims.

The Red Cross still has over 700 workers trying to support the New York and New Jersey area. To help donate to the American Red Cross click here.

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