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Local Red Cross reaches out for help

Posted: June 5, 2011 2:40 p.m.
Updated: June 6, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Volunteers of the Kershaw County Red Cross Center are on call 24 hours a day, seven days of the week to respond to any disasters that may occur and to deliver emergency communications to members of the armed

forces. Currently an additional $3,000 is needed to meet the Kershaw County Red Cross Service Center’s goal of raising $10 thousand by the end of its fiscal year, June 30. This target amount will enable the center to continue to help local area men, women, and children. The images of the recent tornadoes that ravaged Joplin, Missouri and other areas of the country are a stark reminder that weather can have a devastating impact on a community.

With the approach of hurricane season, funds need to be in place to handle the affects of such occurrences should Kershaw County experience a disaster of this nature. 

In March of 2008, a tornado ripped through parts of Kershaw County causing devastation. The Red Cross set up shelters to assist those affected. Recurring disasters in Kershaw County are home fires. Volunteers responded to 29 house fires last year and 24 so far this year. 

The fire victims were provided food, clothing, comfort kits, and shelter as needed as well as counseling to help them begin and plan for their recovery. The Red Cross volunteers responded to all of these disasters and did so within two hours. The American Red Cross through its congressional charter is mandated to provide relief for disaster victims, and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Additionally, it provides nearly half of the nation’s blood supply to hospitals. Although mandated by Congress the Red Cross is a private non-profit organization that is not federally funded. All funds come from the local community with a small percentage coming from the United Way. Unless otherwise directed by the donor, all funds raised in

Kershaw County help families or individuals in need in Kershaw County. The Red Cross office in Camden is staffed by unpaid volunteers, and 100 percent of all donated money goes to assist victims. 

Gifts may be mailed to the Kershaw County Center of the American Red Cross, address: 632 W. DeKalb St., Camden, 29020, or dropped by the office. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 to 12 p.m.

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