Red Cross Volunteer Returns Home After Helping Superstorm Sandy Victims

ROCKFORD (WIFR) --The devastation can still be felt along the east coast in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Several stateline Red Cross volunteers, who saw the destruction up close, are now back home. One local volunteer is awed by the giving spirit in the face of disaster.

“They worked through it, they're working through it. Everybody was just helping everybody." When Superstorm Sandy was on its way to the east coast, so was Greg Larson, who became an American Red Cross volunteer after he retired from his job in 2005.

"It’s hard, you see the people and you see that they lost everything and how they handle it," said Larson.

Larson spent two weeks out east, driving the emergency response trucks. He says one truck fed up to 4 hundred people.

For Larson, it was heartbreaking to see so many hungry children. "If you got a cookie or a banana, or chips, they just love it," said Larson.

Larson says the aftermath of the storm was even harder to witness. "When you see stuff like that, i don't care how tough you think you are," said Larson.

Despite some tears, there were still many satisfying times among the sorrow. Like when Larson was able to help a mother and her son.

"We asked how many is in your family, and she said 7, and the little boy says, but mom there's only 5 of us," said Larson.

Larson will head back to the east coast to help again after Thanksgiving. "I enjoy helping, makes me feel good about myself," said Larson.

Com-Ed also sent more than 900 volunteers, including some from the Stateline to help assist sandy victims.

Those volunteers were deployed to New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore. They are expected back this weekend.


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