James Jarvis, the Cape Fear Red Cross executive director, says the pandemic has made their job even more difficult.
“Because of the pandemic, it really has limited our ability to flow the number of volunteers that we would normally send to a region for a situation like this,” Jarvis said.
Pavone says that providing people with a safe place to stay is incredibly rewarding for him.
“They come into that shelter and they know they’ve got a roof over their head, and a cot to sleep on, and something to eat, and they’re out of harm’s way,” Pavone said. “It’s just like handing them a key to their new house.”
Jarvis says more than ever before, the American Red Cross needs volunteers willing and able to help.
“It’s really important to have those volunteers willing to leave their homes and travel across the country to help those in need,” he explained. “We appreciate Gene and his team willing to do that.”
These volunteers come from all different walks of life, but with at least one thing in common — a need to give back.
Julienne Correa, a volunteer from Greenville, South Carolina, shared how the Red Cross saved her and fer mother-in-law during the 2017 California wildfires.