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ASU Students Volunteer with the Red Cross

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Author: Timothy C. Ervin

Release Date: Sep 13, 2017

Members of ASU's Red Cross Club assist with hurricane Irma evacuees.

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As Hurricane Irma approached Florida, thousands of people evacuated to Alabama in search of shelter. Many of them made their way to Alabama State University’s Acadome which served as a Red Cross shelter. ASU students assisted the Red Cross with its relief efforts.

Catera Christie, a member of ASU’s Red Cross Club, was one of the first volunteers on deck following the initial announcement that ASU would host evacuees on campus.

“As a student, it is very important to give back,” she said. “When people hear the Red Cross they automatically assume that they have to give blood, but that’s not the case. We do so much more than that. And it’s comforting to know that I’m out here doing something instead of just sitting at home.”

Christie, a junior psychology major from Columbus, Ga., started volunteering with the Red Cross more than six months ago. She said she has always enjoyed helping others and was influenced to serve by her mother, who is a Red Cross volunteer.

“I really like giving back and helping others,” Christie said. “I just want help out anyway I can.”

Members of the Red Cross Club helped set up the shelter area and handled registration of evacuees, which included gathering their contact information, recording an accurate count of family members and providing them with identifying wristbands. The volunteers also gave each evacuee a tour of the shelter and provided them a list of rules and regulations.

Khadijah Daniel, a senior from Atlanta, serves as the president of the ASU Red Cross Club. She said volunteering with the Red Cross is very important.
“The Red Cross is a big organization but it doesn’t have many employees. It runs off of volunteers,” Daniel said. “So it’s important that we get volunteers during times of crisis, but we really need volunteers for other events too. I love doing this. It’s a great feeling to know that you are helping someone.”

Anyone who wishes to volunteer with the Red Cross, or students who want to join the ASU Red Cross Club, can register at www.redcross.org.

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