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Volunteers making a difference for flood victims

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LAPLACE - It will take weeks for some to clean up the mess left by Hurricane Isaac in St. John Parish, and that massive task has brought dozens of volunteers into the parish to give a helping hand.

"Some of these people are busy working, that's why we come by, because they're busy working, they're not taking time to go up town," said 'Farmer' Fred Lierley, a Red Cross volunteer handing out meals to people working in the River Forest neighborhood.

"This happens many times when we work disasters, you give somebody a meal and they start crying, well you gotta stop, you gotta get out, and you gotta give them a hug and see if they need mental help, generally not, what they need is a hug, it's just overwhelming," said Lierley.

For others, the help is coming from friends.

"There's people out there that feel for you, that want to help, and it's the same thing, we would do it for them," said Paula Wilking, who's home flooded.

Red Cross volunteers generally work for 12 to 14 hours a day. If you'd like to learn more about volunteering with the Red Cross, visit their website.


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