With a bright, neon colored snow flake beanie and gloves, Red Cross volunteer Krystal Richardson from Laurel, Mississippi patiently waited in her emergency response vehicle. Her vehicle was one of several loading up at Ford Tilden in Queens, NY with food, water, blankets and supplies to be distributed throughout the impacted areas of Breezy Point and the Rockaways.
Having experienced Katrina, the 23-year old is all too familiar with disasters. “We went through something similar to this. We were out of power for three weeks,” said Krystal. “The Red Cross was one of the first responders, giving us food and water.”
Krystal has been volunteering with her local East Central Chapter in Mississippi for two years. Her enthusiasm and passion to give back to others is evident. “I love going out and helping people,” said Krystal.