Betty Myers, a Red Cross volunteer who responded to a fire in Putnam County on Dec. 18, is typical, Farley said. When Myers responded to help the victims of a fire on Turkey Creek Road, she noticed that the woman who owned the home was standing outside in bare feet, having barely escaped the blaze.
Farley said Myers took the gloves off of her hands and gave them to the woman, to serve as makeshift foot coverings until a pair of shoes could be found.
The Red Cross provides meals and shelter for families displaced by floods, fires or disasters and provides financial and other assistance families need to get back on their feet. Farley said donations to the organization usually slow down after the holidays, but the Red Cross needs donations all the time.
Red Cross volunteers are also always in need of donations of blood, especially O negative, A negative and B negative.
For more information or to donate, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800RED-CROSS. To volunteer or donate locally, visit or write the American Red Cross West Virginia Region, 113 Lakeview Drive, Charleston, WV 25301 or call 304-340-3650.
The Red Cross also has regional offices in Clarksburg, Kearneysville, Lewisburg, Morgantown, Oak Hill and Parkersburg.
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