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Red Cross Responds to Wildfires in Southern California

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As wildfires in Southern California consume thousands of acres and threaten homes and businesses, the American Red Cross is responding to help people forced from their homes. Two volunteers from the Western North Carolina Region are deploying, one today and one tomorrow.


The two volunteers who have already received their deployments are from Marion and Waxhaw, N.C. One is assigned to assist with shelter operations. The other will assist with health services. We expect several more volunteers from our region to deploy over the next few days.


Evacuation orders have been issued for as many as 27,000 people, and as many as 240 people stayed in a shelter overnight Monday.


“Our volunteers are dedicated to helping families when they need it most, whether in their local community or across the country,” said Sheila Crunkleton, Executive Director, American Red Cross Southern Piedmont Chapter. “The Red Cross would not be able to fulfill its mission of alleviating human suffering if not for these wonderful volunteers, especially during a year of such unprecedented disasters as this year.”  


To stay connected with loved ones who may be impacted by the fires, visit the Red Cross Safe and Well website at



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The Red Cross depends on the generous support of the American public to fulfill its crucial mission. Help people affected by disasters like floods, wildfires and countless other crises by donating to support Red Cross Disaster Relief. These gifts enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Make a donation today by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 gift. 



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About the Western North Carolina Region of the American Red Cross

The Western North Carolina Region consists of 5 chapters proudly serving 53% of North Carolina’s population, providing services throughout the 47 counties of Alamance, Alexander, Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Caswell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Gaston, Graham, Guilford, Haywood, Henderson, Iredell, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Montgomery, Polk, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly, Stokes, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Union, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin and Yancey. Together, the five chapters serve more than 5 million people. For more information, visit  or follow us on Facebook at


About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.