Red Cross Volunteers Going the Distance

The four Red Cross Volunteers from American Samoa deployed for the Hurricane Matthew response in North Carolina have traveled the farthest.

A Red Cross newsletter says Lipea Uta Sui, Zero Iaulualo, Tuuga Tinoisamoa and Filisita Tuimoloausiaosi are in North Carolina assisting with sheltering and feeding.

“This is a great opportunity to build Red Cross capacity on the island when they return,” says the article.

The newsletter highlights that Lipea Uta Sui is the region’s October 2016 Volunteer of the Month.

He was recognized for supervising Red Cross interns from the University of Hawaii-BYU as well as American Samoa high schools for a summer program, and also conducted field trips to American Samoa National Weather Service NOAA, American Samoa Homeland Security Office, an airport fire crash and the American Samoa EPA office.

The program ended with each volunteer having a powerful and emotional testimony on how their Red Cross experience will encourage and inspire a life of community service.

The article concludes, “Thank you to our American Samoa friends, for going above and way beyond the call of duty!”

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