A Busy Weekend for Red Cross Volunteers

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Simple things, like a teddy bear, clothing or a toothbrush can brighten someone’s day after disaster strikes.

At 6:30 a.m. Friday morning, volunteers were woken up and called to the scene of a fire in Southeast Columbus. This was repeated 9 times, ending early Monday morning. The Red Cross responded to 10 fires this past weekend and helped 51 people across Central and Southeastern Ohio.

When disasters such as those occur, the Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) rushes to the scene to assist the families affected. The team does an assessment and ensures that clients in need have basic necessities such as food, shelter, clothing and medications.

Sometimes families see minor damage and only need a handbook showing them how to clean up. Other times, families are left with nothing and need more help. The Red Cross gives what it can and works with clients and to help them get back to their lives.

The men and women on the Disaster Action Team are specially trained volunteers who donate their time to help the community. If you are interested in joining DAT, visit http://www.redcross.org/oh/columbus/volunteer/become. The training is free and the community impact is priceless.

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