I think this work matters and helps people in their darkest hours. I see the same volunteers year after year appear at disaster after disaster across the country, and they are like a second family to me.
Gary always has his bags packed and answers the call to help out in any emergency. A fellow Red Cross volunteer describes Gary as a "logistics genius." To date, Gary has assisted at 63 Red Cross disasters, traveling to wherever the crisis may be, usually serving for a three-week stint each time. Logistics for the Red Cross covers many areas. Gary arrives with credit cards in hand. He gets food, shelter, and clothing for the dislocated. He rents vans and transportation equipment to move people and equipment. He makes arrangements to get support for medical and mental health professionals at the scene. He purchases copiers, printers, and supplies to support the administrative end of things. He solves problems.