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Incredible Story Behind Viral Photo of Hurricane Volunteer: 'I'm Just Your Average Mom'

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When disaster strikes, it may seem like there’s nothing you can do. “I’m just one person,” you might say. “Can I really make a difference?”

The answer is yes, you can. It’s average, everyday volunteers that make all the difference when it comes to impacting lives during a disaster.

Floods caused by Hurricane Florence have trapped many North and South Carolina residents inside their own homes.

Rescuers from all over have traveled to help those affected by this storm. The Civilian Crisis Response Team stationed in Indiana is made up of civilian volunteers just wanting to lend a hand for those in need.

The team was founded in 2015. According to CCRT’s website, the purpose of the group is “to give everyday citizens access to proper training so that they are empowered and confident to make a positive impact in an emergency situation until the professional responders can arrive, perhaps even saving lives in the process.”

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The organization offers free training. From tornadoes to hurricanes, CCRT wants to be there to do what they can to aid in disaster relief.

The group is made up of average people like you and me. Take CCRT member Amber Hersel, a 29-year-old freelance photographer and mother of two, for example.

KTVU Fox 7 reported that Hersel traveled 12 hours from her Indiana home to North Carolina in order to help victims of Hurricane Florence.

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A viral photo of Hersel was snapped by Getty photographer Chip Somodevilla. While the moving image is gaining viral attention, Hersel humbly shrugged off the hype.

“I’m just your average mom,” she told KTVU. “I’m just doing what I can.” Indeed she is. Take a look at this photo which features Hersel carrying 7-year-old Keiyana Cromartie to safety.

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Volunteer Amber Hersel from the Civilian Crisis Response Team helps rescue 7-year-old Keiyana Cromartie and her family from their flooded home September 14, 2018 in James City, North Carolina. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

Hersel may call herself “average,” but she is clearly far from it. What she’s doing is extraordinary. Her heart to serve others, even far outside her own community, is truly inspiring.

This above average mom is making a difference because she’s taken it upon herself to seek proper training so she can be prepared for situations like these.

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But Hersel hasn’t stopped there. She’s also promoting CCRT’s GoFundMe campaign in an effort to make an even greater impact.

“Any donations made will help our volunteers make our journey down there and aid in anyway needed,” Hersel wrote on Facebook.

“From helping people find shelter or simply passing out water or meals even $5 can make a big difference as this hurricane approaches,” she continued.

There are so many ways we can all help the many lives affected by Hurricane Florence. If you are unable to physically volunteer, donations made to those who can will make all the difference in this storm.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Entertainment, Faith




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