Advocate editorial board opinion: Calling all volunteers; get involved in a meaningful way
By the Advocate Editorial Board
Nov. 30, 2011 at 5:30 a.m.
Victoria and the region are full of people who like to help others. And, now, a chance to help in a meaningful way has presented itself.
The Red Cross has made a plea for more volunteers. If you want to help and have the time and the heart, we urge you to contact the Red Cross. You are needed.
Many disasters, small and large, have happened this year, including the huge fires near Bastrop and the 41 house fires in the area of the Crossroads Chapter of the American Red Cross that serves the counties of Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Lavaca and Victoria.
Linda May, emergency services specialist for the Crossroads chapter, said her six counties have now joined forces with three other counties: Matagorda, Colorado and Wharton. All of these respond to catastrophes to help others.
But May only has four volunteers on board. "My dream? Eight more people. What would be ideal are two sets of volunteers in each county," May said.
She said volunteers would be on call. "They can be as much or as little on call as they want."
Volunteers would respond to fires, floods, wrecks and would "take care of the people's immediate needs." That simply might be a hug or arranging lodging at a motel or hotel for the victims.
May explained that many of her usual volunteers are away for the holidays, and that is typically the case this time of year, so the need is greater for volunteers right now.
"It's very simple. It's not hard," she said.
"You have to have a special heart to get up in the middle of the night," she said.
We know our area has such people just waiting to volunteer. We urge you to please help the American Red Cross, and volunteer your services.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.