Local Woman Heads to California to Help With Wildfire Relief

Wildfires are devastating portions of California right now with no immediate signs of stopping. Now, the Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross is sending one of its own to help with the California relief efforts.

"I got my badge and i'm ready, i'm ready. I'll do whatever they need me to do," said Nancy Hulihan, a Red Cross Volunteer.

Hulihan got the call this morning that she'll be spending two weeks in Ventura, California for her first deployment as a volunteer. Before today, Nancy had only responded to a few local fires--one from this week. 

"And then I got the call today and i was like, wow--when it rains it pours with the Red Cross. But, I was excited," Hulihan said. 

Nancy admitted she's not sure what to expect upon arrival, but once she's paired with the other participants, those nerves will disappear. 

"Nancy is one of seven from the eastern New York region and they'll be deploying together as a jump team to work in a shelter," said Mallory Scheve, the Executive Director of the Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Something Nancy said she's been waiting to do ever since she went through a similar experience a while back. 

"I was involved in a fire and three people died and it was on a Thanksgiving day. And ever since that time I've said to myself, when I have the time and when I retire, i'm going to do something to help." Hulihan said.  

While the last 24 hours have been a little hectic, Nancy said it'll all be worth it in the end. 

"The more you can do to help people immediately, the easier it is for them down the road. They feel comforted at least in the moment," Hulihan said. 

If you'd like to help out either physically or financially, you can visit the link below. 



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