Local Red Cross volunteers return after helping tornado, flood victims

CREATED May 14, 2014 - UPDATED: May 14, 2014

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Two Red Cross volunteers are now home after disaster relief missions in Kansas and Arkansas.

The raging tornado flattened homes and swept away neighborhoods. Within 24 hours, Red Cross volunteer, Sally Reamer, was on a plane, heading to a disaster zone for the first time.

"The first feeling was fear,” recalls Reamer. “Then when I got there, it was shock. When we got to town and I saw those homes and I saw these people picking through their yards, it was shock."

Reamer spent a week in Baxter Springs, Kansas. She fed, sheltered, and cared for hundreds of people who'd lost everything. She’ll never forget one veteran she met.

"He had the best attitude. He was laughing and said, yeah, I just moved up here from Florida. I came up here to get away from the hurricanes. And he lost his house in a tornado," shared Reamer.

The powerful tornado couldn't crush his spirit. That’s when Sally found her strength, and all her fear of her first deployment vanished.

"And then, about 2 or 3 days into it, it got to be an inspiring experience, because the people were amazing," recounts Reamer.

We also met Red Cross volunteer, Jeannine Peters. She was in Little Rock, Arkansas, helping people get back on their feet. She been a nurse for almost 20 years, and has devoted her life to helping others.

"It obviously makes me feel good,” explains Peters. “I hope I was able to make an impact and help get them through what they just experienced."

A Red Cross spokesperson says as long as they feel emotionally and physically ready, they could be deployed as soon as the next disaster hits.