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Red Cross volunteers leave Fort Wayne to help with Hurricane Ida relief in Louisiana

Red Cross volunteers leave Fort Wayne to help with Hurricane Ida relief in Louisiana
Red Cross volunteers leave Fort Wayne to help with Hurricane Ida relief in Louisiana(WPTA)
Updated: Aug. 29, 2021 at 6:30 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - Volunteers with the American Red Cross are heading down south to help with Hurricane Ida relief efforts in Louisiana.

Two of the workers, Dale Vollenweider and Bob Harkness, live in northeast Indiana and left Sunday afternoon as Louisiana gets slammed by the Category 4 storm.

“We knew that Hurricane Ida was big, so we knew it was possible that we would get called eventually,” Vollenweider said.

The two are not strangers to helping after disasters. They both helped out with relief after Hurricane Laura last year.

“This will be the ninth time I’ve responded on one of these trucks,” Harkness said.

Vollenweider and Harkness are prepared for what will possibly be a difficult task. Before they left, the two filled out paperwork and checked their gear.

“That’s what we do when you get in the Red Cross,” Harkness said. “You volunteer for this and help people who might’ve had the worst day of their lives.”

For the two of them, every mission is different, but the goal is to always bring comfort to those impacted by a disaster that’s out of their control.

“Hang on, we’re coming, we’re getting there as quick as we can,” Vollenweider said. “There’s already people there with the chapters in Louisiana and they already have experience with the prior events.”

Vollenweider and Harkness are currently scheduled to stay in Louisiana for two weeks, but their stay could be extended.

They encourage you to get involved with the Red Cross if you can.

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