72-year-old Navy veteran helping tornado victims with Red Cross


It didn’t take American Red Cross volunteer Marvin Williams long to jump into action when he was called to help victims of recent tornadoes in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Texas

The 72-year-old Navy veteran has been a Red Cross volunteer for the Tennessee River Chapter since 2017. This is his ninth deployment in response to a natural disaster.  

More than 60 tornadoes have swept across the central United States killing four people, leaving a path of destruction on May 22. The American Red Cross is responding to the natural disaster with national volunteer response.  

“It is just what I do,” said Williams. “I didn’t even think twice about offering help.”  

Williams left for Tulsa, Oklahoma, on May 25. He will supervise the distribution of emergency supplies in the Red Cross’ relief efforts to victims of the storms.  

Williams is also the chapter’s logistics leader, managing shelters in the community. He is scheduled to spend two weeks in Oklahoma. 

Like many Red Crossers, it is the opportunity to give back that Williams likes. “Knowing how fortunate I have been in my life makes it easy to give to those who need help,” Williams said.  

For more information about volunteering with the American Red Cross of Tennessee go to:RedCross.org/Tennessee/Volunteer

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