LONGMONT - Joey Rigg's view of the world is one many people could believe in. Riggs believes in helping his neighbor paying it forward, otherwise, as he says, "where would we be?"
It's a notion our country seems to be built on. When something bad happens, volunteers come out to help, volunteers like Riggs.
Riggs been with the American Red Cross for five years. He lives in New Orleans, but today he's in Longmont driving one of 24 Emergency Response Vehicles, which distribute much-needed supplies to the flooding victims across the state.
Monday, Riggs' ERV is at a Longmont mobile home park, a park where many people were forced out of their homes by the rushing St. Vrain River. Only a few homes remain habitable.
The Red Cross is there for the first time with cleaning supplies, free to everyone who needs them. Residents and volunteers who come up to the van are asking for masks, shovels, rakes, bleach and scrub brushes.
"We help each other," Riggs said. "If it wasn't like that where would we be? It blesses us to because we're doing a good thing."
Since the Red Cross has been on the ground in Colorado, the organization said it distributed 46,000 relief items. It has 24 ERVs and 20 box trucks working in the state. More than 800 volunteers are in Colorado to help as well.
Flood victims like Ronald Melvin say they're lucky on many levels. Melvin's home is one of the few habitable properties at the Longmont mobile home park.
"I wasn't expecting that at all," he said seeing the Red Cross truck. "That's a blessing in disguise. [I got] some shovels to move dirt around in the back yard. I'm happy they're able to help."
Melvin's home was just a little banged up, while Linda Sierra lost too much to come back to her home. She's cleaning up what she can salvage.
"The Red Cross has been handing out buckets, sanitizers, giving me free shovels to shovel the mud. They've been really helpful," Sierra said.
"You look at them like they're kin," Riggs said. "You're helping because that's what you want to do. They'd be coming to help us if we're in a jam."
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