Feeding Storm Victims in a Small Texas Town


By Gordon Williams

Pictures by Norman Bottenberg

Some Red Cross volunteers, now aiding hurricane victims in Texas or Florida, can date their first deployment to Superstorm Sandy in 2012. For others the first deployment was to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. For Norm Bottenberg, of Sammamish WA, the first deployment was the eruption of Mount St. Helen on May 18, 1980–more than 37 years ago. Continue reading


Coping With Disasters in Our Own Backyard


By Gordon Williams

It wasn’t a disaster on the scale of hurricanes Harvey or Irma, but for residents of the Carriage House apartments in SeaTac, WA, the fire that tore through the building on a recent Friday night was a disaster just the same. As with Harvey and Irma, it brought out the Red Cross to help the victims. Continue reading

A Long Trek from the Northwest to Help Hurricane Victims


By Gordon Williams

Published on September 11, 2017

Key West, Florida is 2,722 miles from Seattle–about as far apart as two cities in the continental United States can be. Yet that distance proved to be no obstacle when volunteers from the Northwest Region joined the army of Red Cross workers heading south to help the victims of Hurricane Irma. Continue reading

Best Friends–Now Red Cross Teammates

By Sara Shager

Photos by Betsy Robertson1

American Red Cross volunteers Linda Strong and Betty Jackson have been associated with the  Greater Inland Northwest Chapter  in Wenatchee for three years this fall. “It’s so heartwarming to help the people who have just lived  through a disaster,” says Betty. “The volunteer work we do with the Red Cross  is so rewarding.” Continue reading