This post is from Georgia Duncan, Communications Volunteer, San Bernardino Chapter
It is early Wednesday morning and a relatively cool breeze is blowing through the patio at Sultana High School. Sultana is the sight of the American Red Cross shelter established to assist residents and motorists affected by the Blue Cut fire burning out of control in San Bernardino County California.
Sitting with a cup of coffee, I was watching the smoke slowly engulf the area. A gentleman sat down across from me and we began talking.
He introduced himself as Alex Gamo from Moreno Valley. He volunteered that he was at the shelter because the fire had closed the freeway going south and he was unable to return to his home. We talked about the Red Cross and Alex said “I never thought I would be receiving help from the Red Cross.” He donated blood with the Red Cross for years until his health prevented him from doing so. He also told me he made financial donations to different disasters including one in his home country of Thailand.
Alex said he continued to carry the card he was given when he first began donating blood and offered to show it to me. He pulled from his wallet a tattered but very legible American Red Cross Donor card from 1987showing three donations.
He looked around the shelter and said, “Maybe because I did a good thing I am receiving good things”. He expressed is gratitude for a safe place to be and for the conversation we had shared.
He said he always thought the Red Cross did good things, but now he knew for certain that the Red Cross was a great organization.