State Senator Dave Koehler lends a hand with the red cross

By Alyssa Donovan

May 3, 2013 Updated May 3, 2013 at 8:34 PM CDT

SPRING BAY, Ill.-- The Red Cross is working to bring warm meals to residents in areas affected by flooding… with the help of Senator Dave Koehler.

Senator Dave Koehler spent Friday morning serving meals out of a Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle.

The rainy day kept some of their usual customers away but the Red Cross made sure to draw attention to themselves for those that are depending on the food.

Spring Bay resident Jim King said, “I'm helping the old people that can't get out of their trailer they can't come out and walk around in this stuff so I'm grabbing food for them basically."

“It's important to have first hand experience and knowledge and meet people face to face,” said State Senator Dave Koehler, “find out about what their situation is and to be able to relay that back to my colleagues because the state needs to be ready to respond to emergencies."

Red Cross Service Associate John Mathews said, “Even though this is not his district he already let us know that his concern is for all of the people in this area not just his people."

Koehler says disaster relief is a team effort from top to bottom. “We just have to make sure we understand the need and do what we can do to help."

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