Volunteers go to work in the warehouse

About a dozen American Red Cross volunteers spent Monday, Nov. 16, at work in our warehouse. image

These volunteers cranked up the music as they stuffed more than 11,000 tubes of toothpaste into Red Cross comfort kits.

“Eleven thousand, six hundred and ninety tubes,” volunteer Berkley Godehn clarified.

Thanks so much to volunteers who helped with this project:

Berkley Godehn

David Wyatt

Angelina Maletto

Jim Sheely

Pam Brynarsky

Jim Prive

Barry Woolsey

John White

Susan Johnson

Omar Cury

Alex Weinstein

Keith Partin

This group placed new toothpaste in 8,640 comfort kits.  For those who like statistics, that comes out to 21.2 comfort kits per minute!

“I don’t think I have ever witnessed a group of people work this intensely on any endeavor that I’ve been a part of,” Godehn said.

Red Cross comfort kits are distributed to victims of disasters such as home fires.

On March 5 this year, Antoinette Johnson’s Charlotte home went up in flames.

Scared and shaking, she sat in a Red Cross vehicle, providing information for the American Red Cross Disaster Action Team captain: How many people were living in the house? Did they have anywhere to go? Had they lost any medication?

As tears ran down her face, Johnson told the volunteer she was worried about where she and her daughter would sleep that night.

Another volunteer reached for a Red Cross comfort kit and handed it to Johnson.

“Here you go, ma’am,” the volunteer said. “This has all your toiletries, so you don’t have to worry about that.”

Johnson looked at the volunteer and smiled. “Thank you so much. You have no idea how much it means to me that you’re here.”

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