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Gibson- Preston drove the Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle to South Carolina on her first assignment as a disaster volunteer last year. "I would say if you're a compassionate person and want to help someone, put yourself in the situation where this could happen to you or a family member. Wouldn't you want someone to lend a hand?" — TETOYA GIBSON-PRESTON T etoya Gibson- Preston will never look at a bottle of Gatorade the same way again. As an American Red Cross vol- unteer, she was driving through what looked like a war zone in Florida after Hurri- cane Irma caused tremendous devastation, giving out snacks and drinks from the Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV). "We went into some places that were low income," she said. "A lot of these people didn't have anything to begin with. And there were a lot of children. There was this little boy that came out with his family, and I had Gatorade on the truck that day. He was so excited to get this bottle of Gatorade. It just melted my heart. "They spoke Spanish, and I don't speak Spanish, but I learned that day with so many devices on my phone that I could use (it) to communicate. Just knowing that that bag of chips or that Gatorade meant the world to these people, I'll never get tired of it." The "it" Gisbon-Preston refers to is being a Red Cross disaster volunteer since last April. • The 39-year-old began with the Red Cross because she has always had a love of volunteering. She volunteers with other organizations, too through churches, food banks and more. Gibson-Preston chose the Red Cross for its disaster relief pro- gram. "With my heart in helping people, I thought the Red Cross would be the way to go," she said. It all began with a lot of training to get to know what the Red 4C — Goldsboro News-Argus Friday, February 23, 2018 • Fire Victim Services • Monthly Job & Life Skill Classes • FREE Weekly Exercise Classes • Community Garden • Prison Ministry • Canteen Ministry • Christmas Angel Tree & Bell Ringing Opportunities • Adult & Youth Camp Experiences • Community Partnerships 610 N William St. • Goldsboro NC 27530 • 919-735-4811 The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His Name without discrimination. . • Church services- Sunday 11a. Wednesday Bible Study 6:30p • Family Store 10a-5:30p • Emergency Assistance - Energy, Eviction Prevention, Hygiene, Food, Clothing. Life Sustaining Medication • Homeless Community Resources • Men's Shelter- 16 beds, 90 days, sobriety & employment focused • Rapid Re-Housing Services offered by the Salvation Army Salvation Army Mission Statement 19DSP0218C© for more information contact us v o l u n t e e r s a l wa y s n e e d e d The most durable & versatile Garage Door Screen on the planet Now Available! Fully retractable garage screen door that works with your existing garage door. An industry first, fully retractable passage door for ease of entry and exit without having to retract the entire system. Fully spring loaded, making opening and closing quick and easy. Go from garage to a cool, bright, pest-free space in seconds. When youre done enjoying the great outdoors, simply retract your Lifestyle garage screen system and close your garage door as usual. Its just that easy. Perfect Solution For: Man Cave Party Room Exercise Room Hobby Area Recreation Smoking Den 919-735-9263 Call Today For Your Free Estimate! 2403 N. William Street, Goldsboro GRIFFIN GARAGE DOORS COMMERCIAL RESIDENTIAL Many Sizes, Frames, Colors & Screen Fabrics to Choose From. Custom Sizes Available. 67DCT0218C© Tetoya Gibson-Preston stands outside of the American Red Cross on George Street. She is one of the disaster relief volunteers in the area who give up their time to help others in their time of need. After Hurricane Irma left its trail of devastation, Tetoya Gibson-Preston was called to help. Working with the Red Cross she hopped in the Emergency Response Vehicle and traveled to South Carolina, Georgia and Florida to offer a helping hand in the relief efforts. With the spirit of volunteerism and a desire to ease the pain of loss, Gibson-Preston became a hero. A hero in disaster Story by Becky Barclay Photos by Casey Mozingo See Page 5

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