Every day, the American Red Cross rushes to help families devastated by disaster. In big cities and small towns, in rural America and right here in our community we provide immediate assistance to survivors and help them through those first, hard days of recovery.
When we arrive, often in the middle of the night, families are standing on curbs, in shock, too stunned to think about where to go or what to do. We comfort them—giving out hugs, blankets, coffee and anything that brings solace—and we begin guiding them through their next steps.
Working with each family, we create a list of immediate needs, which can include everything from shoes to diapers, from food to prescriptions. Then the Red Cross does something truly unique. We give that family a special card—a client assistance card—which is used to purchase life’s essentials.
You can imagine how much this means. When you’ve lost your home, and your family faces a night without beds or days without food, this simple card feels like a lifesaver.
If you would like to learn more about becoming a Hero for Fire Survivors in your local community please contact:
Lowcountry SC - Roberta Freer, 843-480-4233
Eastern SC - Nanci Conley, 843-477-0020.
Lowcountry SC HEROES Committee Members
Wilson Saleeby, Palmetto Electric Cooperative
Dawn Erickson, PuroClean Disaster Restoration
Will Jenkinson, Carolina One New Homes
Andy Morelli, Morelli Heating & Air
Tony Pope, State Farm
Eastern SC HEROES Committee Members