North Carolina Red Cross volunteers head to Georgia after deadly storms


RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) – Zonya Kera-Ziyada is not against helping a neighbor in trouble. Even if that neighbor is several hundred miles away.

“I said, I have to go,” Kera-Ziyada said.

She is a volunteer for the Red Cross and is headed to another business trip after seeing the heart-wrenching images damage and destruction after deadly tornadoes swept across the South, affecting communities in Georgia and Alabama.

“When I saw Selma, I mean Selma, my heart just broke,” said Quera-Ziado, who had just visited the Alabama town a few months ago.

“Tornadoes passed in a straight line in many places, and Georgia was also one of those affected,” she continued.

Quero-Ziada, which has been deployed to at least 30 disaster sites, left for Georgia on Monday night, where strong storms uprooted trees, leveled buildings and destroyed homes, leaving hundreds of families with nothing.

Thousands are still without electricity or the means to feed their families or sleep. But that’s where the American Red Cross comes in, and volunteers like Quera-Ziyada make a difference.

“The moment they see that Red Cross van, people start crying, people start applauding, they said now we know we’re going to be okay; The Red Cross is here. And I’m just a tiny piece of it. it thrills me to know that people are counting on me,” Kera-Ziyada said.

Barry Porter, regional CEO of the Eastern North Carolina Red Cross, said the Red Cross is focused on health, hunger and housing. When volunteers arrive in affected communities, they will work to provide food, set up shelters and find resources to help families get back on their feet.

“We know that people suffered physically, were injured and died. Second, there is a need for hungry people, the power went out, and more than 6,000 families in the affected area of ​​Georgia are still without power. So they need food distribution materials and materials distributed to them,” Porter said.

The CEO also explained that emotional support is just as important as the resources provided by volunteers

“Mental health and disaster resilience can sometimes be just as important as replacing something lost,” Porter said.

Kera-Ziyada and other volunteers learned firsthand the power of emotional support for disaster victims after her first deployment to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.

“When everything else has fallen. I know that hugs are very precious,” she said. “And I learned during Katrina the value of hugs.”

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North Carolina Red Cross volunteers head to Georgia after deadly storms

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