PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - TheRhode Island Chapter of the American Red Cross is about to saygoodbye to more than 40 volunteers from across the country who havebeen helping with the recovery effort.
Volunteers from as far away as Texas, Ohio and Illinois havebeen in Rhode Island for the last week and a half.
"I'm used to going to floods & I'm used to going tohurricanes," says 81-year-old Norma Pilkinton, a volunteer fromIllinois who's on her 84th deployment. "I've never been welcomedinto a city as well as I've been welcomed here."
Many of the volunteers say they have never seen the victims of adisaster come together like flood victims in Rhode Island.
Gloria Liedigk of Ohio began volunteering during HurricaneKatrina.
"They stepped up to help themselves," Liedigk said after beingasked about her impressions of Rhode Island residents.
Bob Reed, a Red Cross Volunteer from Buffalo agreed.
"What I did see a lot of the last few days was the homeownershelping each other out," Reed said. "Neighbor helping neighbor...Community helping community... Which really brings out the spiritof the recovery."
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