This afternoon, the local American Red Cross provided lunch and beverages to Bamberg and Barnwell County firefighters after they contained a landfill fire in Denmark, S.C.
This is the third major response that the Aiken Area Chapter has responded to during the month of June. On June 3rd, the Red Cross helped eight people affected by flooding at an apartment complex in North Augusta, and on June 20th, the Red Cross assisted 20 people displaced by a multi-unit apartment fire in Gloverville.
“We have been very busy this month and need support from our community more than ever,” said Lindsay Findley, executive director, American Red Cross Aiken Area Chapter. “It is because our financial donors and volunteers that we are able to jump into action and help our neighbors in a moment’s notice.”
On average the American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region responds to a disaster every 6.5 hours. Since the beginning of the fiscal year, July 1, 2012, the Palmetto SC Region has responded to the needs of 1,639 families and 5,287 individuals affected by disasters.
The Palmetto SC Region is made up of seven Red Cross Chapters that span 35-counties of South Carolina.
You can help your neighbors recover from disasters like floods or home fires by making a financial contribution to the American Red Cross today by visiting Redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Donations may also be mailed to the Aiken Area Chapter at 1314 Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC 29803.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit Redcross.org/Aiken-Area or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossSC.