My twenty-second birthday also happened to be my second day of work at the Columbus Chapter of the American Red Cross, and the same week as the Southeastern Ohio tornado. It became clear, as crews assessed the Athens county area, that the damage from the September 16th storm warranted a national Red Cross response.
Forgoing the usual raucous celebration of a twenty-something birthday, I caught a ride with the Communications and Marketing team down to Athens county. I spent the day photographing homes whose roofs were peeled off and mobile homes that were thrown from their plots. I toured the service center, set up in a local church, and interviewed some families that were affected. We followed a mobile feeding unit on its route through a damaged neighborhood, passing out lunch and bottled water to residents and workers trying to pick up the pieces of their lives after the storm.
What really stuck out to me was that the Red Cross stays to finish the job. We don’t go home until everyone has a home.
I have always fancied myself a story-teller. As the newest member of the Communications and Marketing team, I have the opportunity to tell one of the greatest American stories. The ongoing story of the American Red Cross.
I’d say it’s a good start to a new year.