For more than 50 years, The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter has been helping those who can no longer get around town.
For more than eight years, Jerry Prellwitz has been helping the disabled and the elderly by giving them a lift through American Red Cross Transportation Services.
"It's just a good way to get them out of their homes and give them some freedom," Jerry Prellwitz, a volunteer driver, said.
"A lot of them are medical appointments, dialysis, radiation, wound treatments. We also do for employment, education, nutrition and social" Tina Whetung, with the
American Red Cross, said.
Interacting with each passenger, Jerry says they become like family.
"Just knowing that I can give back something to somebody who needs it," Prellwitz said.
Lending a helping hand doesn't stop there, Jerry's also on call for the red cross disaster team and gives blood the red cross says volunteers like jerry are their lifeline.
"They are priceless to us. There's no amount of money that could replace what they do. It's unbelievable. Without them, we couldn't do what we do," Whetung said.
Door to door, mile by mile, it's a hand that helps, one passenger at a time.
"Like I tell other people when I see 'em when I give back this much, I've done a full days job," Prellwitz said.
Without volunteers, The Red Cross said transportation services would not be available.
If you're interested in helping out, you must register online, have a good driving record and undergo a background check.
If you know of someone who lends a helping hand, contact Wendy Fleury at firstname.lastname@example.org
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