Although Hurricane Ian wreaked havoc over a thousand miles away from St. Joseph, the impacts rippled across the area. Locals and their families felt the impact, and those who were able to deploy to Florida to help those in need.

Kim Mailes, a Northwest Missouri Red Cross volunteer, is in Florida, commuting an hour-and-a-half drive from Fort Lauderdale to Fort Myers each day to support those affected. Mailes said the work he does with the Red Cross has become personal.

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