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Worker returns home after Superstorm Sandy relief efforts

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A Red Cross worker from North Carolina who spent the last three months helping the victims of Superstorm Sandy finally returned home. Dee Moon was sent to New York shortly after the storm hit. She talked to our sister station News 14 Carolina's Leslie Mayes, about the experience.

CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. – A Cabarrus County Red Cross worker who spent the last three months helping the victims of Superstorm Sandy is back home.

Dee Moon is a Disaster Relief Coordinator at the Cabarrus County Red Cross. Over the last three months, she has spent most of her time in New York, providing disaster assistance to the victims of Superstorm Sandy.

“There's no place for these individuals to be able to rebuild at this time,” said Moon.

Moon has gone back and forth to New York joining a team of more than 20 Red Cross workers, helping families who have lost their homes after the October 2012 storm devastated many areas along the East Coast.

Moon said it is unlike any mission she has ever been involved with and that months after the storm, the need for relief remains.

“It was one thing to go into a neighborhood and a client would come up to you and may have not eaten in a few days. New York was not used to this,” said Moon. “We have our mental health workers still working today to help those that are still suffering from the stress and the emotional impact of Sandy.”

The emotional impact of disaster is something Moon knows well. She lost her 23-year-old daughter in an accident in 1999. It was that tragedy and a chance encounter with a blood donor that prompted Moon to turn her life to service.

“They help many, many people and they helped my daughter. So after her passing, I decided I wanted to give back,” said Moon.

Since then, Moon has criss-crossed the nation with the Red Cross.

“Whatever the needs of the clients were at that time, we as the Red Cross tried to meet them,” said Moon.

Although her experience in the Empire State has often been trying, Moon said the rewards will keep her doing her work for years to come.

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