Local & long-time Red Cross volunteers always on call, no matter the distance

Hurricanes have caused billions of dollars in damage to the US this year – and killed or displaced thousands of Americans.

And even though they hit far from us, people from right here in North Dakota were sent to help.

71 Red Cross volunteers from North and South Dakota were sent to assist with relief efforts after Hurricane Florence hit.

Two of those people are Carol and Allen Becker.
It wasn’t their first deployment, and it won’t be their last.

“I’ve always loved helping people,” Carol Becker said.
That’s something she and her husband have in common.

“We try to alleviate some of their pain and stuff like that,” Allen said.

Allen’s been volunteering with the American Red Cross for 10 years.

For eight of those years, he’s had his wife by his side.

“That’s why I joined,” Carol said “Just to be able to help people, alleviate them from suffering.”

They got back to North Dakota earlier this month after being sent to Virginia to help with Hurricane Florence relief.
That was Allen’s fifteenth deployment.
“Things can be rebuilt, but lives can’t be,” Allen added. “You can see the devastation sometimes on TV, but in person it’s a different picture.”

The Beckers are ready to pick up on a moments notice to go wherever disaster hits.

“From what I hear, it’s still going to keep going on for months,” Allen said. “We don’t know how long it’s going to be. We’re ready to go back again if they need us.”

But when they come home, their work’s still not over.

Just this week they responded to a fire in Foxholm.
Three thousand hay bales caught fire.

They brought food and coffee to fire fighters on scene, and although it’s a smaller task than hurricane relief, the Beckers are there to lend a helping hand whenever they can.

 “If that’s what I can do, whether it’s 1 person or 250, you know, sometimes they just need somebody to talk to,” Carol said.

Not too long ago, they were in Texas and California responding to the wildfires.

Their cell phones are never turned off. They’re never ‘off duty.’

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