Digital Original: Volunteer launders uniform in bucket in effort to give non-stop care to Arkansans

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Ellen White, a volunteer with the American Red Cross, heard of the historic flooding in Arkansas and knew she had to come help. 

“I came straight here to work, so I’ve been on the road for two going on three weeks now,” says White. 

Originally from Kansas, White is part of the Disaster Relief operations with the Red Cross. She has helped with disasters in California and Puerto Rico.

White is so dedicated to her volunteer work, her colleagues say she sometimes forgets to care for herself. 

“My laundry is in the bucket right now,” says White. “Old Fashion way scrub it by hand, rinse it out and hang it up.”   

In a small blue bucket, White washes her clothing when time permits. She has been determined to help the people of Arkansas and doing her laundry whenever she finds free time.  

“You do what you have to do,” explains White. “Water is important because we all need to drink to stay hydrated.”

More than 50,000 cans of water will soon be distributed all over parts of Arkansas to people impacted by the state’s historic flooding.

“Some people have no access to clean water,” says White. “So this is important – very important.” 

The aftermath of ongoing flooding has left several Arkansans without basic necessities like clean drinking water. 

Christina Fowler with the Arkansas American Red Cross says they are happy to partner with Anheuser-Busch to help Arkansans get back on their feet.

“We put out a call to Anheuser-Busch for the need for water and they showed up bright and early this morning with eleven pallets roughly 26,000 cans of water that are going to immediately get loaded to trucks and out to those people needing it,” says Fowler.

Water levels have receded in several parts of the state but relief efforts are still on their way and the Red Cross says volunteers are still needed. 

“None of this is possible without these volunteers on the ground helping us to provide comfort and hope to those that have been affected by this flooding,” Fowler explains. 

White says she does this because she enjoys volunteering. She says one day it will be here city in need and she knows people from Arkansas will come help. 

After hearing about White’s devotion to the cause, the Red Cross offered White assistance with her laundry. 

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