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Oklahoma volunteer returns home after helping victims of Hurricane Sandy

American Red Cross volunteer Steve Klapp described the work he did in the aftermath of the Hurricane Sandy.
BY NASREEN IQBAL Published: November 16, 2012

“We knew it was coming. It occurred exactly as we expected,” he said.

Red Cross volunteers don't think twice about heading into the disaster zone, he said.

“We call it getting hooked here,” Klapp said. “There's no other feeling like being hugged by someone who just wants to thank you. These people have had their lives turned upside-down, and when they see help, it's like they see a light at the end of the tunnel.”

When he returned home to Oklahoma, he slept for two days and spent time with his three Yorkshire terriers.

Ken Garcia, spokesman for the American Red Cross of Central and Western Oklahoma, said 6,000 American Red Cross volunteers from across the nation, including 22 from Oklahoma, helped the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

“We are still sending people there,” Garcia said.

“It's getting better,” Klapp added.