Tony O’Leary of Davenport, Iowa is a dedicated and longtime volunteer who started volunteering for the American Red Cross in 2005. His passion for service came when Hurricane Katrina hit and he felt the need to help during times of disaster. His favorite memory came from volunteering in a shelter during that hurricane.
“Playing soccer with the little kids was one of my favorite memories,” O’ Leary said. “Along with having “very important meetings” with this little girl which meant I got to read stories to her. There were quite a few kids that had been separated from the mass evacuations. Many kids needed homes and I was there to help them.”
He understands the need for service and explains to those in his community who may volunteer the many benefits this work can bring for someone.
“I’m not a religious person but it is good to free the soul. It is good to help people and from this you get lots of hugs. It is very rewarding to know you have helped someone who really needs it and you know they appreciate it too” he stated.
Currently Tony helps with disaster response and our Services to the Armed Forces programs in the Quad Cities and West Central Illinois chapter. Tony’s wife, Joan, also volunteers alongside him as they both have passion for the military.
As seen above, Tony is assessing damage during a flood in Colombia, South Carolina during a disaster. He is a continuous help to the American Red Cross and we are grateful to have him on our team!
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Written by Communications Intern Julie Piz