Irving Rundle pulls the pillow over his head to block out the ringing phone. His wife, Damaris, answers.Read the full story here.
Irving hears her ask for an address and he knows someone in the community in which he was born has suffered a disaster and is in need of Red Cross services. He closes his eyes and waits for his wife to nudge him.
Four generations of the Rundle family volunteer for the American Red Cross in Greater New York.
When the nudge comes, Irving throws the pillow aside, gets out of bed and dresses. He puts on his watch, noticing that it is 12:15 a.m.
This is the second home fire in less than a week. In the yard a family of five stands near the ashes of what used to be their home, in shock, with nothing left but the nightclothes they are wearing.
The Red Cross arrives at the site with toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, shampoo and other toiletries for the family. There are stuffed bears for the two youngest kids to hug.
A Red Crosser talks with the parents about the situation and the steps that need to be taken to begin the recovery process. Then the Red Cross drives the family to a hotel where they can sleep and eat for the next few days.
Monday, July 12, 2010
In It For The Feeling
National Redcross.org profiles a local family of volunteers from Greater New York chapter, the Rundles.