SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) - More than 30 Central New York Red Cross volunteers are preparing to head to areas hit the hardest by Hurricane Sandy.
They wrapped up their training in Syracuse on Saturday evening and are now awaiting the call to head down.
Former Staff Sergeant Amanda Halverson told NewsChannel 9 that this mission is a little more personal than most.
"In my family we have a really strong belief in serving our country and helping people and this is a way I can still do that,” said Halverson.
While many volunteers will help with getting people food, water and clothes, Halverson will help those dealing with the stressful aftermath of Sandy.
"I'm a social worker. I plan on going down there and helping people get through this horrible tragedy,” said Halverson.
Another volunteer, Megan Fulton, said this will be the first time she is going outside the Watertown area to help with a large-scale disaster.
"I just want to do what I can. I want them to utilize my skills and talents so I'm just waiting for the call,” said Megan Fulton. “Just the gratification of helping people out, just to come back with that story that you helped make a difference and did something."
The volunteers will be waiting the next few days and will head out as soon as they get the call.