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UMD student puts a pause on school to join the American Red Cross, now helps flooding victims

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Heavy rainfall and melting snow caused major flooding in Indiana last month leaving many with little to nothing to their name.

Since then more than 300 Red Cross volunteers have deployed to help with anything and everything.

Former UMD student, Devan Arntson is one of them.

Artson was only a freshman when he had an epiphany that eventually led him to pause his academics and join the Red Cross.

"It was just a calling. I just felt like I knew there was a lot of work that needed to be done in the world and I just needed to be a part of it," said Arntson.

But the apple doesn't seem to fall far from the tree, Arntson's mother is also a volunteer. 

"My mom was a volunteer for the Red Cross so it just seemed like a good path to go down. In 2011 she won a local award within our chapter for service,"  said Arntson.

Artson now spends his time distributing food to shelters, providing hot cooked meals provided by a local catering company, Skillet.
"I can definitely see the impact that I'm having. Everyone that we are serving has been thankful," said Arntson.

He says what he did in his spare time prepared him for the next chapter in life.

"I'm an Eagle Scout so I always felt the need to help people,"  said Arntson.

Since the operation started their Indiana based hub has served over 16,000 meals to those in need. Artson says this trip has humbled him in so many ways.

"Every day I come back after between a twelve- fourteen hour work day, I'm cold, I'm tired, I'm hungry and I still have so much more than most of the other people that I'm helping and so it just makes me feel that much more thankful for what I have here,"  said Arntson.

After a couple of years volunteering with the Red Cross Devan plans to go back to school and major in education. 

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