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Sister city's Mardi Gras krewe hits Lake Charles (2/24) - Destination LC
Carolyn Zellmer, executive director of the Sioux City Red Cross, worked as a volunteer here for two weeks.
Sister city comes through for LC residents suffering because of Rita (10/24) - Destination LC
Carolyn Zellmer, executive director of the Sioux City Red Cross, spent the last two weeks in Lake Charles volunteering at the local chapter.
"I came down Oct. 9.I wanted to help with Red Cross disaster relief efforts," Zellmer
has spent most of her
time in Louisiana doing what she
can to help hurricane victims.
has been impressed by the toughness and high spirits of local residents.
"The people here are resilient," she
said."They have picked themselves up and gotten on the road to recovery quickly.They are really nice.I have no doubt the people of Lake Charles would be up there to help up if we ever had a disaster in Sioux City." Zellmer
said about 60 Sioux City residents have come to Louisiana so far.
"I am sure more will come in the following weeks," she
said. Zellmer has been a member of the Sioux City Red Cross board of directors for 15 years, including five years as executive director.
"It is rewarding work," she
said."I feel like I have the best job there is, getting paid to do something I had previously done as a volunteer." Zellmer
first volunteered following a 1989 plane crash in Sioux City.She
helped to feed workers at the site, helped family members of victims receive counseling and gathering belongings for survivors.
Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Zellmer
was able to assist evacuees from Louisiana in Sioux City.
"That is my favorite part of the job, being able to meet people one-on-one and doing something to help them," she
said."Some decided to stay, so we helped them find housing in Sioux City and get back on their feet there.It is so interesting to hear their stories about how they ended up there, and personally rewarding to be able to help them." Zellmer
has felt at home in Lake Charles.
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Sioux City Journal: Families tape greetings for soldiers
Carolyn Zellmer, executive director of the Siouxland Red Cross, said Tuesday was the first time the video messaging service was offered in Sioux City.She said the Sioux Falls agency offered to loan the equipment and personnel for the one-day event.
"We are really pleased with the response and if there is a demand we hope we can offer this again.We like to be able to help out military families in any way we can, especially because we thought it was an appropriate time with the election coming up this month in Iraq," Zellmer
KTIV: News (News)
"They didn't necessarily have I.D. on them, so we couldn't always require I.D., if they didn't have I.D.'s, we tried to believe the best in people and hope that would they were telling us was true," explains Carolyn Zellmer, director of the Siouxland Red Cross.
...But, Red Cross Director Carolyn Zellmer believes there's more, and says new precautions have been put into place to ensure that those saying they need aid really do. Zellmer
says, "We want to make sure it goes to the people who deserve it, and it's unfortunate that there are people out there that take advantage of others misfortune.