September 11 Digital Archive: XML Document

Story:My name is DONNA EDELEN/SCOTT and iam an AMERICAN RED CROSS VOLUNTEER for the DISASTER/MENTAL HEALTH TEAM.

I worked the Crisis LINE following the catastrophe of SEPTEMBER 11th.

RED CROSS received many phone calls, some were calling about loved ones that they couldn’t locate. I remember a lady calling saying her neice and nephew were missing, they were both employed at the PENTAGON.

Another person called about a close relative missing that was employed at the WORLD TRADE CENTER.

Some were calling in a state of disbelief just asking the question WHY DID SUCH A HORRIBLE THING HAPPEN and what could they do.

Many people called wanting to make donations of food and clothing and to volunteer their time to help locate victims in NEW YORK.

Some callers were asking how safe was our country and how safe was our cities and what should they do to help their families be safer.

YES, the catastrophe of SEPT 11th touched me as well as everyone else. I remember before i went down to the headquarters to do MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELLING, that I too had moments of tears and disbelief and feelings of being POWERLESS and being stripped of my FREEDOM.

I knew if we as a NATION was to recover, we must come together as we had never before and we must share each others strength and the belief that we would prevail.

When I volunteered I felt LESS HELPLESS it was the beginning of a HEALING PROCESS.

When TRAGEDY hits of that MAGNITUDE all other issues are of very little importance and during that time we were a NATION that was UNITED and in GRIEF.

Time does HEAL but SCARS remain, I have CONCERNS and FEARS like anyone else, I NOTICE PLANES more than before and I dont take my FREEDOM for GRANTED and I feel ROBBED of LIFE as I had ONCE KNOWN IT but I look forward to TOMORROW and even more PROUDER of being an AMERICAN.

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Red Cross Volunteer:yes

Red Cross Employee:no


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