Southeastern PA

Local volunteer heads to storm-ravaged North Carolina

'I get a satisfying feeling knowing that I'm helping someone,' says Joseph Jackson

Local volunteer heads to storm-ravaged NC; video report by WFMZ's Jim Vasil

READING, Pa. - People and wildlife are stranded after deadly flooding in North Carolina. Thousands of volunteers are helping those still hanging on, including a man from our area, Joseph Jackson. He's been volunteering with the American Red Cross for 24 years.

"We'll be down there doing whatever we can do," said Jackson, who left Reading on Tuesday. "That's it. Doing good."

Jackson is a Chester County native who will be riding on an emergency response vehicle, giving out food. He recently volunteered in southern California during the wildfires.

"I get a satisfying feeling knowing that I'm helping someone," said Jackson. "That's what I get out of it."

The Red Cross said it has more than 2,000 volunteers in that area, but the number of people helping is probably larger.

"That doesn't take into account local folks stepping up and saying, 'I want to help out in this situation,'" said Adrian Grieve, the executive director of the Red Cross' Tri-County Chapter.

In the face of devastation, the faces of those like Jackson triumph.

"When you're down and out and don't have any place to go and don't know who to turn to, we are the first responders," said Jackson. "We're there to help them."

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