Red Cross Volunteers train for hurricane season
POSTED: Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 9:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 2, 2012 - 12:00pm
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — "It’s really important that the Red Cross is a friend to the community, and that's what we're trying to do here today," said Red Cross Volunteer Mya Bennett.
Bennett has volunteered with the Red Cross since august of last year, but in the past few days she's undergone some of her most intense training.
"I came out at 5:30 this morning to volunteer at the Red Cross because I think it's so important for citizens to be prepared in the event of a disaster,” said Bennett.
Up to 20 volunteers came out to learn quicker response techiques. This included cooking, very fast, for a lot of people, in the face of a huge storm.
"Went straight into the kitchen, prepped everything, and we made breakfast for about 250 clients," she said.
And that was just the start, by the time lunch rolled around, they were already finished making another 250 meals for folks in Turner Plaza.
"When we provide people with the food, it brings them comfort, and they're so grateful," said Bennett.
And even though this was just practice, Instructor Blanche Harvey says she's astounded by their hard work.
"They did two meals today and it's just absolutely rewarding because they did a beautiful job," said Harvey.
In her fourteen years working with the Red Cross, Harvey said something as simple as hot food means a lot to someone who's just lost everything.
"Food itself is rewarding, it's refreshing, it kind of relieves you of a little bit of stress, it just kind of gets their mind off of what they've suffered, and enjoy that hot meal," said Harvey.
Volunteers like Harvey say their reward is good work.
"As a volunteer, I get more out of it, I'm the one that's receiving the benefits, by giving to others," said Harvey.
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