Hawaii Red Cross Volunteers Lend a Hand in California

Esther Lau
Esther Lau

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Fires have triggered the largest evacuation in California state history, and many neighboring states are reaching out to offer relief.

Red Cross volunteer Esther Lau got the call Tuesday -- and Wednesday, she got on a plane. It's her eleventh time responding to a major national disaster, and she's anxious to help.

Red Cross volunteer Esther Lau walks hurriedly through the airport.

"I just want to be able to help and do as much as I can to help these people get through all of this. I'm really fortunate that I have a very supportive husband and very supportive family and friends as well," said Lau.

Lau started volunteering with the red cross after September 11th. She's helped many families recovering from major disasters.

Now, she's again readying herself to help families dealing with devastation, this time in California.

"It is a huge disaster and I guess I'll see what I can do when I get there."

She's never deployed to a fire before, but she has experience helping out with lots of other relief efforts.

"Never fire, tornadoes, hurricanes, terrorist."

Lau doesn't have any ties to California.

"I'm just going because I want to be able to help."

"It's a good feeling, being able to help other people."

Five Hawaii Red Cross volunteers are responding to the California wildfires. They expect to spend more than two weeks helping out with medical services and shelter support.

If you'd like to find out how you can get trained, and become a Red Cross volunteer, click on the Hawaii Red Cross link above.