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Community Matters: Red Cross Gary

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More than 800 Red Cross volunteers have provided over 35,000 meals and snacks over two summers driving the flooded Mouse River valley.

Among those volunteers, one man stands out.

The 2013 Rebuild Minot project ended the last weekend in August, but Gary Ellingson was out again the following week checking on the people he now calls friends.

Each month we turn the spotlight to one extraordinary volunteer in our Community Matters series.

Tonight, Jennifer Thorgramson shows us her ride-along in the Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle with one special volunteer.

"We have sandwiches!"

Behind the window of the Red Cross vehicle is a big heart, and he has more to offer than a sandwich.

"I can see you're doing great!"

(Gary Ellingson, Red Cross Volunteer) "I sure enjoy helping."

Gary Ellingson volunteered with the Red Cross on occasion before Minot flooded in 2011, but now he says there's no better way to spend a weekend.

(Gary Ellingson, Red Cross Volunteer) "The kids really get a kick out of us coming. They probably don't understand a lot about the flood but they'll remember the red and white truck coming to give them a free lunch."

"Hey! Sounds good! Thank you!"

He says he knows people aren't going to starve without him...

(Gary Ellingson, Red Cross Volunteer) "Good morning folks! I have ice cold water, sandwiches and donuts. Good stuff to keep you going."

...it's more about that 'keeping people going,' letting them know that people still care.

(Gary Ellingson, Red Cross Volunteer) "I like to see people coming back. I'm still going to be around here."

"The best donuts in town, ice cold water, sandwiches to help keep you going."

Like the meals he delivers, his advice is free:

(Gary Ellingson, Red Cross Volunteer) "You don't measure value in only dollars and cents, but in accomplishments and in what you do. I find a lot of value in that. In helping out."

For Community Matters, in Minot, Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.

If you'd like to nominate a volunteer for our Community Matters series visit our website at www.kxnet.com.

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