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Long-time volunteer helps others in time of need

Setting up shelters and meeting the immediate needs of so many disaster victims is daunting. (Source: WALB) Setting up shelters and meeting the immediate needs of so many disaster victims is daunting. (Source: WALB)
Long-time Red Cross volunteer & supporter Bill Hamby (Source: WALB) Long-time Red Cross volunteer & supporter Bill Hamby (Source: WALB)
Red Cross Disaster Program Manager Nature Malone (Source: WALB) Red Cross Disaster Program Manager Nature Malone (Source: WALB)
For those that can't travel to Louisiana, the Red Cross said the best thing residents can do is make a financial donation to the Red Cross. (Source: WALB) For those that can't travel to Louisiana, the Red Cross said the best thing residents can do is make a financial donation to the Red Cross. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Setting up shelters and meeting the immediate needs of so many disaster victims is daunting.

An Albany man with a lot of experience shared his story of doing just that.

Bill Hamby is known as Mr. Red Cross in south Georgia.

"I ought to go to Louisiana tomorrow and she said no you got to remember I'm 86 years-old," said Hamby.

The long-time Red Cross volunteer said, if not for his age, he would on the front lines in Louisiana.

"Flooding is one of those things when you see your whole life dissolve before eyes. It's not instantaneous like hurricanes and fires and this type of thing so it goes on and on and on," said Hamby.

And on day four, the wrath of the historic flood rages on, which is why Hamby gave 20 years of his life to help with Red Cross disasters.

"When I come back home I would probably set that aside then I'd start again," said Hamby.

And over, and over Hamby committed to 85 disasters, including the 1994 flood here in Albany.

But how could one man, take on such a commitment?

"I'm the kind of the guy that would offer to come cut your grass without you asking me. And my theory is you need to help people and especially those people that can't help themselves," said Hamby.

He initially started in the blood program, and later in logistics.

And as they say the rest was history, which didn't go unnoticed.

There's a book in South Georgia Red Cross Chapter's office filled with all of Hamby's accolades.

Hamby said a great volunteer needs one thing: training.

"Our volunteers we find ourselves just sitting down listening to what's going on and we slowly help them put the pieces back together," Red Cross Disaster Program Manager Nature Malone.

"You always want to look at the brighter side of things and you tell them that all is not lost, it's a better day coming," said Hamby.

For those that can't travel to Louisiana, the Red Cross said the best thing residents can do is make a financial donation to the Red Cross.

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