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Red Cross volunteers return home from Hurricane Sandy cleanup

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After tragedy along the east coast wiped out homes, power, and resources, American Red Cross volunteers from across the nation were sent to help deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. 

Saturday afternoon, two of Amarillo's volunteers returned home.  Brady Christian and Nick Rocha, both members of the American Red Cross North Texas Chapter arrived back home at the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport. The were sent separately, and each spent anywhere from 14 to 21 days helping maintain the emergency shelters and hand out food to those in need.

"You would not believe how that storm picked up those houses and moved them across the street and into each other," said Rocha as he talked about some of the horrific sights he witnessed while volunteering. "They had seaweed underneath their cars, sidewalks had sunken potholes all the way across, and people were trying to save their houses. But they can't."

Although two of our local chapter volunteers have returned home, the Red Cross still has work to do along the coast.  The North Texas Chapter will be deploying six more volunteers on Monday and even more in the coming weeks.

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