During his recent visit to Utah, Bush met Delis on the tarmac alongside Air Force One and presented him with the President's Call to Serve award.
"It is a great honor to receive the award on behalf of all the volunteers," remarked Delis.
More than 1,400 people of various faiths and backgrounds gathered at the Camp Williams military installation to distribute clothing and hygiene kits donated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Humanitarian Services. The base is located some 25 miles south of here, near Delis' hometown of Saratoga Springs.
A spare barracks was converted to a distribution point, where evacuees not only got something warm to wear, but also "a warm smile, handshake, hug, or conversation," said Delis. The volunteers spent more than 4,500 hours in the course of a month providing aid to the evacuees.
Delis, a local LDS Church leader, said his experience at Camp Williams was wonderful as well as heart-wrenching