Story and Photos by Michele Maki, American Red Cross
“It’s a blessing to help in a time of need. “ These heartfelt words were spoken by Ron Hughes, a volunteer with the Southern Baptist Convention- California Disaster Relief. While visiting the Red Cross shelter at the California State Fairgrounds in Sacramento, his words were repeated by numerous fellow volunteers from the organization. “We are a small part of a bigger picture in disaster relief.” Ron continued. “We know none of us can do it all. It takes cooperation and partnership to be successful.”
It’s Thursday, just four days into the relief operation at the shelter. The volunteers from the Southern Baptist Convention are busy unloading supplies in preparation to cook and deliver 150 meals for the staff and residents at the shelter. The coordinated teamwork between the two humanitarian agencies made it clear there was a mission to be accomplished and everyone was focused on its success.
“We’re all a part of the same team with the same goals.” one volunteer remarked. “There is no “me” in this. It’s all about service to others……those in need.”
Mike Bevins, State Director for the Southern Baptist Convention agreed. Bevins has a 20 year history with the organization and has high praise for his organization. “They’re all volunteers. They pay their own way to serve others. I’m honored to be their servant leader.” Bevins explains.
There is high praise for the Southern Baptist Convention volunteers from the Red Cross too. “They are fabulous! There is just no way we could be successful in our mission without their partnership. Today, we were able to feed a good hot meal to 150 hungry residents and staff at the shelter this afternoon, because of the Southern Baptist Convention. They are essential to our success.”