Western Slope sends Red Cross volunteers to North Carolina

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall Thursday night or Friday morning. It's anticipated to be a category four hurricane. Even though Colorado is states away, we're sending people to help.

Andy Aerenson from Frisco and Kay Addrisi from Grand Junction left for Raleigh, North Carolina from Denver around 1 p.m. on Tuesday. When we spoke to them, they were somewhere in Missouri.

Aerenson has been to many natural disasters, but it’s Addrisi’s first hurricane.

"There's always an unknown factor,” said Addrisi.

The two are driving an Emergency Response Vehicle, or ERV. These kinds of vehicles can take warm food or supplies likes brooms and rakes to people in need, but to head to a natural disaster, the drivers have to bring more than supplies.

"You’ve got to bring a lot of patience and flexibility because we don't know exactly what we're going to face,” said Aerenson.

They’ll be spending about two and a half weeks out on the coast, leaving behind friends and family. The reason they do this kind of volunteering though, is bigger than them.

"I don't go here to see the woe. I don't want to go see people who have been devastated, and Governor Hickenlooper's line is the opposite of woe is giddy up," said Aerenson. “That brings me home with a good feeling in my heart that there is still plenty of good out there.”

Aerenson said sometimes, it just takes the bad things in life to show how much good there really is.

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