Photo Credit: Jill Mercado/American Red Cross

Laurie Riley, of Daytona Beach, Florida, began volunteering with the American Red Cross after a fire devastated her home more than three decades ago. “If it wasn’t for the Red Cross, I really don’t know what I would have done,” she exclaimed. “Red Cross held my hand through my crisis. They gave me vouchers and a year later I started volunteering.” The Red Cross comforted Laurie in her time of need, and now she has been doing the same. She has made Texas her temporary home while she manages a Red Cross shelter, providing care to people affected by recent flooding.

Massive flooding has destroyed hundreds of homes in Texas and the Red Cross remains steadfast in providing help and support for folks in Texas who have been impacted by severe storms and historic flooding this spring. It’s because of volunteers like Laurie that people forced to evacuate their homes have a place to go—a Red Cross shelter.

The path to recovery for people impacted by significant flooding will be extensive and challenging, but they won’t face it alone. The Red Cross and our government and community partners will ensure our friends and neighbors across Texas have a helping hand, snug place to sleep and well-defined plan to get back on their feet and return to daily life in the weeks and months ahead.

If you are interested in joining Laurie in being a Red Cross volunteer, please go to redcross.org/volunteer.