Iredell volunteers making a difference in Nashville

From the Statesville Record & Landmark

By Chyna Broadnax

When Vicki Campbell and Steve Lord heard about the flooding in Tennessee, they knew they wanted to help. image

They found that opportunity through the American Red Cross Greater Carolinas Chapter, which sent both Campbell and Lord to Nashville last week.

The volunteers left Iredell County on Thursday and will spend the next two weeks serving meals and distributing relief items and supplies to individuals displaced by flood waters.

“I wanted to be able to help,” said Campbell, who works at Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Statesville and lives in Mooresville. “It’s very gratifying but a lot of hard work.”

The team will provide food and supplies to individuals who have taken refuge in a shelter in Centerville, just outside of Nashville. They are transporting and serving nearly 400 meals outside of the Emergency Response Vehicle each day.

In addition to meals, Lord and Campbell are providing those in need with other supplies, such as eating utensils, snacks, plates and more.

Campbell said volunteering in the area is a “direct way to help people.”

The hours are long and the work is emotionally and physically taxing, she said, but it’s worth it.

“What keeps you going is knowing no one else is doing it,” she said. “It’s very gratifying.”

Lord, a Statesville resident, has volunteered with the Red Cross for 10 years, including during Hurricane Charley in Florida in 2004.

“It’s the right thing to do,” he said. “It’s Americans helping Americans.”

Campbell, who also volunteered in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, was encouraged to represent Red Cross because she knows they’re making an impact.

“You do it because you know it helps people and they’re grateful,” she said. “It’s very meaningful work.”

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