The American Red Cross is helping people in Tennessee where raging wildfires have forced them from their homes.
Red Cross disaster workers are providing shelter, food, health and mental health services and assisting with damage assessment throughout the affected area. They are offering a shoulder to lean on as people talk about how they escaped the flames.
Maui Red Cross volunteer Pamela Jones is deploying on Tuesday evening and will be assisting with Health Services.
HOW TO HELP Assisting people affected by the wildfires is the latest relief response in what has been a very busy year for the Red Cross, which responded to 15 large disasters across the country this year, 50 percent more than in 2015. More than 24,000 Red Cross disaster volunteers from all over the country provided the following this year:
• More than 200,000 overnight stays in more than 600 shelters
• Served more than 3.6 million meals and snacks with the help of partners
• Distributed more than 1.8 million relief items to people affected by these disasters.
Help people affected by disasters like wildfires, hurricanes, floods and countless other crises by making a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small across the United States. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.