Little Tyler Peters gives a big hug to American Red Cross volunteer Rick Kolb. The Peters’ family home was damaged by both Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Rick lives in Bridgeport, OH and has been with the Red Cross for three years. He has also been a volunteer fireman, EMT and paramedic for the past 32 years.
For the Brown family of Houston, Texas, this is their third time staying in a Red Cross shelter. They evacuated after Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and now Ike.
Cynthia Brown, her daughter Tamica, and Tamica’s four children are staying in a San Antonio shelter staffed by the Red Cross and other partner organizations.
The Browns were displaced from their Houston home for nine months during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The children attended seven schools during this period of time. Cynthia summed up their situation by saying, “Life is very precious. Things can always be replaced, but you only have that one life to live.”