Times of Crisis: A Volunteer’s Perspective

Albert Broucher, a volunteer at American Red Cross' St. Louis Chapter, journals his days in Houston, Texas.

Albert Broucher, a volunteer at American Red Cross’ St. Louis Chapter, journals his days in Houston, Texas.

Day 12: Rain drops keep falling on my head 

Tropical Storm Bill is bringing a bucket full of rain down on my head, and me with no umbrella. You are probably seeing the reports on TV about “Bill”. The real problem is the ground is already saturated and there is no place for the water to go except into the flood plains.

The good news is; I have a flight confirmed for 2:45 PM tomorrow. The bad news is; with “Bill” coming in , the airport may be closed. Well time to go to work.

Until next time………..May God bless and keep you all.

Serving Those who Serve Us

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On June 13, 2015, the American Red Cross hosted a baby shower to support Women Veterans who are new or expecting mothers.  Here is what a couple had to say about the event.

Thank you so very much for throwing the best Baby Shower ever for all of the expecting women veterans! What an incredible day, we had so much fun! I know it’s not easy to prepare and I’m so grateful for all of your kindness. Thank you also for your incredible gifts: diapers, a diaper bag, bibs and all those adorable clothes. All of it will be put to good use. God bless and thank you so much!

I won’t forget your kindness!
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Here’s a mom who was not able to attend the baby shower because she went in labor that same day. Thankfully her mom was able to come in her place.

I wanted to say thank you so very much for the shower and gifts.

Silace was born 13, June 2015. The car seat was a blessing since he only weighed 4 lbs 11oz when we left the hospital.  I attached a few photos from from the day we left the hospital and a few others of him once he was home with his sister Skylar and Mommy.

Thank you for letting Vickie attend in my place. I am truly grateful and blessed that you selected to do this for my family.
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We would like to thank Red Cross volunteers, our staff and all of the generous sponsors with whom this amazing event could not have been made possible without.

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A special thanks to; Target, Noodles and Company, Health Care for Heroes, VFW Ladies Auxiliary of Illinois, VFW of Saint Charles MO, National Charity League Inc. and American Red Cross Tiffany Circle.

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Times of Crisis: A Volunteer’s Perspective

Albert Broucher, a volunteer at American Red Cross' St. Louis Chapter, journals his days in Houston, Texas.

Albert Broucher, a volunteer at American Red Cross’ St. Louis Chapter, journals his days in Houston, Texas.

Day 11: Another Glorious Sunday Morning 

Would you believe eleven days have passed? It’s amazing how time flies when you’re having fun. I gave the ladies the morning off to go to church, or, whatever land there has been a line at the door since I arrived. I suspected that would be the case once I was alone again.

DR636-15 experienced intermittent sunshine and rainfall yesterday across the state. Flooding concerns remain as water continues to move through the system and likelihood of of rainfall throughout  the state over the weeekend and beginning of next week. And it’s raining right now.

I don’t doubt but what this e-mail will be interrupted several times before I get it finished. So I’d better sign off for now.

Until next time……….May God bless and keep you all

Times of Crisis: A Volunteer’s Perspective

Albert Broucher, a volunteer at American Red Cross' St. Louis Chapter, journals his days in Houston, Texas.

Albert Broucher, a volunteer at American Red Cross’ St. Louis Chapter, journals his days in Houston, Texas.

Day 7: Houston we have Internet! 

Hey! We got our internet back up and running. Hurrah. We were all lost around here for a while. Imagine not being connected to the outside world for an extended period. I panicked.

All rivers are reported to be receding, remain above flood stage. The Head Shed continues to talk about turning the operation back to the districts. Maybe, just maybe I won’t have to change my place of residence on my drivers license.That should do it for today.

Until next time………May God bless and keep you all.

Times of Crisis: A Volunteer’s Perspective

Albert Broucher, a volunteer at American Red Cross' St. Louis Chapter, journals his days in the life in Houston, Texas.

Albert Broucher, a volunteer at American Red Cross’ St. Louis Chapter, journals his days in the life in Houston, Texas.

Day 6: Quick Update– 

No earth shaking news to report today. Rivers are still over flood stage, but, not rising. Nor is it falling. Make it go away.

Seriously though, I feel guilty sitting here in an air conditioned building when so many people are out of their homes and so many disaster relief workers are out in this 90 + degree  temps and not complaining. As a matter of fact, when given a choice to remain in HQ or go in the field they have chosen to go. Would I be considered mushy if I said I love these people.

To top things off, the DR crud is on the rise. We’re getting more and more respiratory complaints. Working around these flood damaged buildings and going out in boat to assess further damage our workers are breathing-in all kinds of germy critters then bringing it back to their room mates and all other workers. Keeps us on our toes justifying our existence.

That’s all for now. Until next time….May God bless and keep you all.

Times of Crisis: A Volunteer’s Perspective

Albert Broucher, a volunteer at American Red Cross' St. Louis Chapter, journals his days in the life in Houston, Texas.

Albert Broucher, a volunteer at American Red Cross’ St. Louis Chapter, journals his days in the life in Houston, Texas.

Day 5: Fighting the Crud–

Here we go again. Day 5 and everyone is already showing symptoms of DR crud. I’ll have a problem keeping cough drops and anti-allergy meds. Unfortunately most think a case of sniffles is reason to take a day off and sleep in.

No real change in flood conditions here. Snakes and critters are taking to the high ground to keep from having to swim out so we have to keep reminding folks that cottonmouths don’t make good pets. So far so good. No snake bites to my knowledge.

That’s all Folks. Until next time……..May God bless and keep you all.

Times of Crisis: A Volunteer’s Perspective

Day Four: Short N sweet– 

Yep, 4 days on the job. Today is starting to look exactly like the ones that went before. Flooding in the area continues to be minimum to moderate , but,  it appears that it will be that way for some time.

The day started with a volunteer experiencing hypoglycemia at the hotel. Now we have to transport her to Temple, Tx (3 hrs away) to get her home.

Things are starting to heat up here so I’d better close and writ more later.

Until next time…..May God bless and keep you all.