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Rib Mountain man leaves for Hurricane Michael relief effortsSubmitted: 10/18/2018
Adriana Michelle
Adriana Michelle
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Rib Mountain man leaves for Hurricane Michael relief efforts
MOSINEE - Rib Mountain's Russell Vanskike is an American Red Cross volunteer who flew out of Mosinee Thursday morning to assist Hurricane Michael relief efforts.

"We start people up on the road back to trying to get a normal life again," said Vanskike.

Vanskike has helped eight disaster areas recover within the last three years.

"Last year, I went to Hurricane Harvey," said Vanskike. "The year before I was in the Carolinas with hurricane Matthew."

Vanskike will be serving meals to people who are just returning home after the Category 4 hurricane. 

He volunteers because he is retired and wants to make an impact with his time.

"It's really hard working with a family that no longer has a home to go to," said Vanskike. "Or even if they do there's no refrigeration, no power, and a lot of repair work to be done." 

Wendy Savage, the local Red Cross Executive Director, said it's possible Vanskike's deployment might change from serving meals to providing emergency supplies. 

"Clean up kits, rake shovels, garbage bags, gloves, water, those kinds of things," said Savage.

Vanskike said he's happy to help any tasks assigned to the truck. He just hopes it inspires others to get involved as recovery continues. 

"Volunteer opportunities are open to anyone who wants to make that phone call," said Vanskike. 

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