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Red Cross Volunteer talks about Hurricane Sandy Relief

By Megan Brantley, mbrantley@wcyb.com
Published On: Dec 01 2012 12:15:04 PM CST
KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

Today marks the end of hurricane season, but many affected by Hurricane Sandy will see the effects of it for a while longer.

We learned the Red Cross has over 2,000 volunteers still helping with relief in the northeast of the country, providing food, shelter, and supplies to thousands of people.

Kathy Clark spent 21 days volunteering, but we found out that she did not even have to.

Clark is employed by the American Red Cross and decided that she wanted to be a national volunteer this time. "I was really recruiting other people to go, but it depends on their availability. So then I thought, well maybe I can go," said Clark.

She says it was her job to try to help the ones affected.

"Some of these people had never been through anything like this before," said Clark.

And she says the Red Cross was there to help. "They're in a state of shock. They're thinking, 'I don't even know where I'm going to start,'" said Clark.

She showed us pictures of one church that had been standing for over 100 years. "It had just been renovated and here in the picture you can see the water line from the damage," said Clark.

And not having power made things difficult. "That hindered traffic, it hindered the gas pumps," said Clark.

Clark tells us the volunteers were not exempt from the power outages either. "The hotel I stayed at for the first five nights had no power and that was in Princeton, which is inland from the coast," said Clark.

Regardless of the conditions, Clark says she would gladly do it all over again. "That's what my job is all about and it's not just because I'm an employee. The people wanting to give you a hug and thanking you for coming all the way from Tennessee, makes it all worthwhile," said Clark.

Clark told us countless monetary donations have been made and the holidays have not slowed it down one bit. We found out that 82 volunteers came from East Tennessee, 20 of them from the Tri-Cities region.