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Toledo Red Cross volunteer headed to help down South

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Kimberly Lemke has been a volunteer for the American Red Cross for more than a decade. Kimberly Lemke has been a volunteer for the American Red Cross for more than a decade.
Lemke will coordinate Red Cross efforts in the Birmingham area to help those affected by recent storms. Lemke will coordinate Red Cross efforts in the Birmingham area to help those affected by recent storms.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

When disaster strikes, Kimberly Lemke is on call and ready to go. She's one of 700 volunteers at Toledo's American Red Cross office. Her next assignment is Birmingham, AL this weekend.

"It's just a passion. I like doing it," said Lemke.

That passion started on one of the worst days in American history: Sept. 11, 2001.

"I came in that morning and it was 9/11. Then I started taking training so I could go out and help in other places," said Lemke.

Since then, Lemke has been all over the map, including helping with Hurricane Katrina.

Southern Alabama took the worst hit of the storms on Tuesday. Flooding has been a major problem with some places receiving as much as 9" of rain.

Lemke will coordinate Red Cross efforts in the Birmingham area.

Why does she do it?

"I hope that somebody would do it for us if we had a disaster, and I think you can't look at a disaster anywhere and not want to help," she said.

The Red Cross is always looking for volunteers, like Lemke, who are committed to its mission.

"Our volunteers get an introduction to disaster services and learn how to feed and shelter people and help in other things," said Diane Dixon.

Lemke expects to be in Alabama for two to three weeks. When she returns, she'll come back to Toledo and wait for her next mission of mercy.

Learn how you can help support American Red Cross efforts.

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