The Stateline volunteer effort in the aftermath of last year’s Fairdale tornado was nothing short of amazing. On Wednesday, those who helped residents pick up the pieces were awarded for their strength in a time of need.
“We’re all heroes,” said American Red Cross Executive Director Lisa La Sala.
Inspiration to the Red Cross comes in all forms. But, what would the century-old organization do without those volunteers who rushed to Fairdale and Rochelle in the moments after the tornado his one year ago?
“I saw so many acts of courage and kindness,” said La Sala. “Neighbors helping neighbors. It was so inspirational to see so many amazing things come out of something so tragic.”
Volunteer Sharon Kersten agrees.
“Without that help, these people wouldn’t have all that recovery assistance that they needed so desperately,” said Kersten.
Wednesday’s award breakfast was a chance to say ‘Thank you’
“It’s very inspiring for us at the Red Cross,” said La Sala. “It’s something that we felt strongly we wanted to recognize in our community.”
Jackie Jordan’s home took a direct hit from the storm, but she still helped victims. Meanwhile, worlds away, one Stateliner was caring for others.
“Mindy Wing and I have worked together for years through Red Cross,” said Kersten. “I know she goes overseas. I’ve never gone overseas to work with a group like that. But, I have gone on mission trips with the youth and my church members.”
A tight-knit community that’ll do anything for just about anyone – the very definition of inspiration.
“It’s so incredible that they feel like ‘Well, we just did what anybody would do.’ Not everyone is a hero and just jump in and risk their lives to save others,” said La Sala.