Dianna Trush returns to the island she calls her “homeland.”
MILWAUKEE — Dianna Trush said when she was a child in New York, American Red Cross volunteers helped her family back on their feet after their apartment building caught fire.
More than half a century later, Trush called it an honor to represent the Red Cross in providing humanitarian aid to Puerto Rico.
Hurricane Fiona caused power outages across Puerto Rico after making landfall on Sunday, two days shy of the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island. Trush, a retired nurse who lives near Lake Geneva, became Wisconsin’s first Red Cross volunteer to land in Puerto Rico after flying from Chicago on Wednesday.
“I know I’m going to get emotional because I consider that my homeland,” said Trush, who lived in Puerto Rico from age 10 to 26. “I’ve been called to do something else to help people, so I’ll take it one day at a time.”