AUSTIN (KXAN) - As communities near Fort Collins and Boulder, Colo. continue to fight raging flood waters, Austin-based Red Cross volunteers and staff members are helping out.
The team of 7 will help families in Colorado get shelter, food, clothing, and anything else they need.
Volunteer Carole Leandra has plenty of experience deploying to disasters. Since 2007, she says she’s been to at least 20 devastating incidents.
Leandra told KXAN before deploying Tuesday, "My mother always said it's always easier to write a check if you have money. It's more important to give of yourself."
Having seen several disasters, Leandra said it is easy to become emotional.
"I thought Joplin [Missouri] was probably the worst tornado I ever saw, and then I went to Oklahoma earlier this year,” said Leandra. “I've been to floods and when I get to Colorado I will probably think this is the worst. You realize you're there to serve."
Victoria Goldfedib, a volunteer services specialist with the Red Cross, will also travel to Colorado. This is her first deployment. She’ll help coordinate volunteers in Colorado for 2 weeks.
"[Other volunteers] have given me some good advice,” said Goldfedib. “Do my best to keep my head up and to always think positive and focus on the fact that we're helping people."
Despite the devastation, Leandra says staying positive is imperative.
"By nature we're survivors,” said Leandra. “By nature we're looking for that next rainbow. That's our nature."
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