|Volunteer Alison Shaffer holds onto 5 month old Azaria and|
looks on as Azaria's parents pick up relief supplies at Our
Lady of Peace Parish.
As the storms continued, waters quickly reached historic levels. Soon mud and debris broke free of the riverbanks and carved new paths as they came crashing through neighborhoods that could never have expected such devastation.
With images of washed out homes and neighborhoods filling the nightly news, and knowing so many lives had been changed forever, Alison wanted to do something. She wanted to help.
As soon as the skies cleared, Alison drove south to the town of Greeley and found the American Red Cross distributing food and supplies to impacted residents at one of many Disaster Assistance Centers that had been set up near the flood zones.
“I offered my help and within 24 hours I was with a team out in these neighborhoods trying to help the people who had lost everything,” she said.
“This is incredible. You really don’t realize how much is involved until you’re in the middle of it.”
Most recently, Alison found herself at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Greeley where dozens of Red Cross volunteers spent the day providing truckloads of relief supplies to the local affected population. As parents came through to pick up goods and load vehicles, Alison spent time keeping their children entertained with crayons and coloring materials.
With the kids happy and families stocked up with needed materials, Alison took a moment to reflect on what this experience has meant to her.
“It’s so great to see this kind of help here, it’s amazing. I’ve met so many incredible people and will come away with so many lifelong friends.”