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Helping Neighbors

American Red Cross volunteer Chuck Williams (Honolulu, HI) listens to Hackberry resident Mike Elliott who points to his home that is now a complete loss due to the hurricanes that hit the Gulf Coast. Elliott and his neighbors had been without power and had been trying to find someone to come to their neighborhood to restore electricity. The neighborhood, located in southwest Louisiana, had been hit with two hurricanes in three months, and Williams praises the “incredibly marvelous attitude” of Elliott and his neighbors. As they proceeded to visit other damaged areas, Williams and fellow volunteer Ed Magdziak (Cayuga Co., NY) told Elliott they would try to inform someone about electricity needed on Elliott’s street. Lo and behold, stopping for lunch, Williams and Magdziak met someone responsible for bringing power back to the community and the Red Cross volunteers showed him the exact location. According to Elliott, electricians showed up “within the hour” to get the process started. Williams calls it getting assistance from a higher power.


Photo courtesy Ed Magdziak/American Red Cross.


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Taken on September 21, 2008