North Charleston, S.C., August 6, 2018 – Several volunteers from the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross are heading to California as wildfires continue to burn throughout many parts of the state.
Four volunteers got the call to travel to California on Sunday. At this time, three volunteers will be assisting with the Mendocino Complex wildfire and one volunteer will be assisting with the Carr fire.
Three volunteers are leaving from the Red Cross of Eastern SC Chapter. One volunteer is leaving from the Red Cross of Upstate SC. While on the ground, the volunteers will be running shelters and coordinating the supply and distribution of much-needed relief supplies. Right now, more than 1,000 Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground. The Red Cross has opened more than 20 shelters, provided more than 73,000 meals and snacks and distributed more than 18,200 relief supplies.
“Once again, South Carolina Red Cross volunteers are jumping into action to help during a devastating disaster,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer. “We are so thankful for these willing volunteers, who have paused their personal lives to help others.”
The Palmetto SC Region of the Red Cross stands ready to send additional disaster workers, as requested.
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 www.redcross.org/SC or @RedCrossSC