Monday, September 23, 2013

Red Cross Warehouse is Doing Some Heavy Lifting

Story and photos by Carl Manning

American Red Cross volunteer Pat Bos, of Charleston, S.C., 
watches as a truck backs up  to the loading door 
of the Red Cross warehouse.
To the casual visitor, it looks like a whirlwind of chaos with big trucks backing up to the unloading doors, forklifts zipping around the massive warehouse floor unloading dozens of pallets and then loading them into other vehicles for delivery to area affected  by the Colorado flooding.

In recent days, more than 17 truckloads of supplies including personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, lanterns, tents, sleeping bags, rakes, tarps, gloves, flashlights, colors and insect repellent has arrived.

“We want to get the product out to the client because they are ones who are needing it and they are needing it now,” Bos said.

American Red Cross volunteers watch as a forklift drivers 
loads cleanup kits onto a truck along with other items 
to be taken to flooded areas of Colorado.
On a recent day, Bos and his crew were busy loading a truck with blankets, gloves and cleanup kits heading out to one of the flooded areas.  He watched to make sure everything was loaded properly and  secured for the ride before heading out. While overseeing the warehouse operation is a big part of his work, Bos feels he has another role  to make sure that the money donated to the Red Cross is being used efficiently.

“I don’t see where anything we do shouldn't be concerned with the donor dollar,” he said. “They are ones who are paying for this and we need to respect that.”

Bos, who retired after an Air Force career, said he is volunteering with the Red Cross because “it’s time to give back to the community.

”It’s a job with long hours and no pay, but Bos said his reward is knowing that what he is doing is helping those in need.

“You can’t put a dollar figure on it,” he said.

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