Red Cross opens volunteer intake center following Hurricane Matthew

(WISH Photo/Laura Kennedy)
(WISH Photo/Laura Kennedy)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Those impacted by Hurricane Matthew are going to need all the help they can get.

Many Hoosiers are signing up to deploy with the American Red Cross.

Those people are taking two weeks out of their jobs and lives in Indiana to help in those hardest hit areas.

They felt called to help after seeing how strong Hurricane Matthew turned out to be.

“It just looks like it’s really bad,” Beverly Ross said.

Ross has kept her eye on weather reports from Hurricane Matthew. She felt compelled to do something.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to have everything that I need, these people are our citizens of the United States and they need help,” she said.

That passion brought her to the volunteer intake center Friday afternoon for training.

As a nurse, she will be deployed on a medical team.

“There’ll be people with no insulin supplies, there’ll be people that might need their dialysis,” she said, “The Red Cross can help them get their medications.”

She went through basic training courses with James Coy who also decided on Friday to volunteer.

“We’ve got family over there and stuff so definitely wanting to go over and help,” he said.

He has experience in construction and landscaping, so he hopes to help with things like picking up tree limbs and home repair.

He’s volunteered at local disasters before, but never with the Red Cross.

“After helping in Lebanon and Kokomo after the storms hit here locally, I decided I wanted to do this,” he said, “I wanted to get more involved on the Red Cross side.”

For Ross, this organization is in her genes.

“My mother was in WWII and the reason she ended up in WWII as an Army nurse was because she had signed up for the Red Cross,” she said.

Friday afternoon, she finished up training.

She got her official ID badge and vest and her assignment to the coast of South Carolina.

The Red Cross intake center at the headquarters on Meridian will be open for two weeks.

The weekend hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Weekdays you can get signed up from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.