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Northland Red Cross volunteers to assist in Oregon wildfires

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HERMANTOWN, MN-- Diane Dunder spent Friday morning packing up the Red Cross disaster relief truck in preparation for a relief mission out west.

"We're going to be in the Cascade area where all the wildfires are. It doesn't look good out there," said Dunder.

The mission to Oregon is just one of several wildfire situations Dunder has responded to during her 18 years as a Red Cross volunteer.

She said, "Every single one is different. It's always an adventure."

The big difference for this relief trip is volunteering in the middle of a pandemic.

Dunder said, "There's a lot of things that are in the mix that hasn't been in the mix before."

Dunder hits the road Saturday morning with another Red Cross volunteer from Nashwauk.

The disaster relief truck will be used to distribute food to those impacted by the fires.

"The people are no longer in their neighborhoods. Sometimes we go in when they are allowed to go in and just sift through everything they've got," said Dunder. "And try to feed them then, otherwise it'll be likely we'll be feeding at shelters."

Dunder said volunteering is all about giving back during a time when people need it most.

She said, "You just see where these people have lost everything and they need somebody to talk with and we're able to give them that time."

To learn how you can help the Red Cross with the wildfires out West click here.

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Emma Quinn

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