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Local Volunteers Return From East Coast

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Courtesy: American Red Cross Courtesy: American Red Cross
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28 people from our area have donated their time, on the east coast, as the relief effort continues.

Now, eight of those volunteers are back in the Biggest Little City after helping victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Nancy Barrett went to New Jersey before the storm even hit, housing evacuees at one of the biggest shelters on the east coast.

"We had up to 400 people in a gymnasium with cots, literally two feet apart from each other," Barrett said.

She also saw some of the destruction left behind, along the Jersey shore.

"We saw bottom floors of homes, just gone," Barrett said. "Just wiped out. I saw the roller coaster in the ocean, right up there."

Karli Epstein is the Development Director for the American Red Cross.

She had a chance to hear about some of the challenges the first responders had to face. Like a fire that destroyed 111 houses.

"I actually talked to a firefighter who helped the neighborhood, in New York, that was devastated," Epstein said. "He said he was actually legitimately scuba diving to put the fire hoses up to the fire hydrant, underwater."

Kevin Masters worked at Kitchen 5, which was set up in parking lot of Metlife Stadium.

At the peak, his kitchen delivered 30,000 units of food a day.

"From the minute we got there to the minute we ran out of food, it was a line down the street of just people constantly coming in," Masters said. "I wanted to actually hop out, at that moment, and take some pictures of what was happening. I just didn't have time. I was constantly feeding people."

Leon Taylor says many residents in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia were stranded, after a snow storm knocked down trees and blocked country roads.

His job was to get them supplies.

"What they were really looking for was water, even though their were springs and things coming out of the mountains," Taylor said. "Even if they boiled the water, I guess it tasted so bad that you couldn't swallow it because of all the coal mining and the gas."

No matter what their role was, these volunteers say the chance to help is something they will never forget.

"There was this one kid sitting on his cot and didn't have anything and we went over and just gave them one of the toys and it brightened their day," Epstein said. "It brightened their week and that we were able to be a part of that as the Red Cross is absolutely incredible."

Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) welcomes all students, staff and Northern Nevada community members to attend a special fundraiser to help those affected by the devastating superstorm Sandy.

Tonight's even inside the V. James Eardley Student Center will feature interfaith prayer, a silent auction, entertainment and food.

All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross and the minimum suggested donation is $10.

The student center is located at 7000 Dandini Blvd. and the event goes from 4-8pm.

You can also donate with a simple text message.

"REDCROSS" to 90999 for American Red Cross

"STORM" to 80888 for Salvation Army

"HUMANE" to 80888 for American Humane Society

You can also donate to the Red Cross by calling 1-800-733-2767 or go to http://www.redcross.org/

Written by Paul Nelson
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