As Hurricane Irene tumbled through the East Coast this past weekend, leaving a trail of destruction, the team here at AltrUHelp has been inspired by the stories of Altruism and individuals going above and beyond to help others. Individuals traveled thousands of miles to give their time and energy for the benefit of others. Stories like the ones below are the motivation that team AltrUHelp uses to push forward in creating a social media platform to prove that individuals inspire the uninspired.
Red Cross volunteer travels from IL to Boston to help in Irene recovery (link)
Pat Johnson, a Red Cross volunteer, traveled from her home in Knoxville, IL to travel to Boston, MA to volunteer at a shelter for two weeks. Johnson has been an active volunteer ever since retiring in 2005, and says ““I just wanted to do something and have a sense of accomplishment. It’s been a very great experience for me. I’ve learned a lot and met a lot of wonderful people. I have some very good friends I’ve remained in contact with. I feel I’ve received more than I’ve given out.”
Search dogs part of Irene rescue team (link)
Search dogs came to the East Coast from Ohio to New York after training their whole lives to rescue trapped individuals. Debbie Triplett, a dog handler with the Ohio Task Force One (a search and rescue team) finds her passion in helping others. She says ““You have to do this purely for the love of the job because you’re not going to profit from it. It’s going to cost you dearly.”
Local couple travels from FL to Boston in Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle (link)
Warren and Dianne Mutz, a retired couple living in Daytona Beach, FL, left their home in advance of Hurricane Irene made landfall to travel nearly 1,200 miles in a Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle to assist individuals in Chicoppe, MA. Dianne Mutz says “Right now you just have a sense of wonder about what are you going to be doing. Once you get there you have a sense of excitement about what you’re going to encounter in the field. It is a pleasure helping people that need help.” Warren finds immense joy in assisting others and says “Words can’t describe the feeling you get helping people. From feeding people who have lost power to passing out teddy bears to the kids and seeing their eyes light up, it’s something we truly enjoy. It is beyond fulfilling. It really is.”
Volunteers to join hurricane cleanup effort (link)
A group of volunteers from the Colbert-Lauderdale Baptist Association is heading to North Carolina this week to help homeowners clean debris and their homes from the destruction the hurricane left behind. Butch Hillis, district coordinator of the association disaster relief team, says “We will be using chainsaws to clear fallen trees and cleaning mud from homes that were flooded. It’s hard work, but it’s lots of fun. You meet a lot of nice people who really appreciate what we do for them.”
NYers Secure 9/11 Memorial Tiles In West Village (link)
New Yorkers joined together as a community before Hurricane Irene in order to take down thousands of 9/11 “Memorial Titles” that decorate a fence in Greenwich Village in order to protect them and bring them to the World Trade Center site.
CSX Corporation Donates $100,000 to Red Cross in Advance of Irene Landfall (link)
Last week, the CSX Corporation, a leading transportation company in the United States, prepared for the damaging effects of Hurricane Irene by not just thinking about the company’s own interests, but also of the communities it serves.
How have you impacted others in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene?
We hope that everyone has in mind those devastated by the hurricane and does what they can to assist those in need. No matter the size of the action, the ripple impact will be powerful to move our society forward. To find ways YOU can support those impacted by Irene, visit http://www.redcross.org/en/volunteer