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March 7, 2014

MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITY: Red Cross volunteer helps people repair lives

STILLWATER, Okla. — NAME: Dan Crummett

AGE: 65

VOLUNTEERS: American Red Cross

DAY JOB: Retired

What he does

Crummett is a part of the disaster action team with the Red Cross.

“We respond to the needs of single family fires,” Crummett said.

The team also helps during wildfires by supplying snacks and water to firemen and first responders.

“My wife has been involved with the Red Cross for about three years, and last spring I got involved just before the tornadoes at Carney, Moore and Shawnee,” Crummett said.

Crummett and his wife, Jerrie, worked in Carney helping with relief efforts.

“She worked in the shelter, and she and I also took meals out to clients who were working on clean up.”

Most of the time, Crummett helps the Red Cross in a logistics role, answering phones and keeping track of maintenance on the organization’s vehicles.

“As of tomorrow, my wife and I have to go to Enid to take the final training on driving what the Red Cross calls an ERV — emergency response vehicle,” Crummett said.

Why it’s important

“The main reason we are in it is just if something happens here locally we want to be part of the solution,” Crummett said.

Crummett said he has watched the organization work and knows that it makes a positive difference in people’s lives. He said the largest way the Red Cross helps is by helping single family fire victims.

“The Red Cross meets immediate needs for that kind of thing — food, clothing and shelter,” Crummett said.

Crummett said the Red Cross can provide shelter for three nights if the family has nowhere to go. They can also provide money for food and clothing.

How you can help

“I can, therefore I do,” Crummett said. “I’ve been highly blessed, and if I can use what the good Lord has given me to help someone else, then that’s what I need to be doing.”

Crummett said it’s a chance to give back to the community and be a part of the solution when trauma hits locally.

“They can get involved if they want to,” Crummett said. “You can learn a lot about the Red Cross and its mission. Just go online at www.redcross.org. You can also call this chapter at 372-1833.”

 

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