First Posted: 1/15/2009
LAURINBURG — The American Red Cross Scotland County Chapter, which includes Robeson County, is asking residents to help raise $20,300 to aid recent disaster victims.
“We need your help,” said Carol Ann Lentz, executive director of the local chapter. “We are calling on everyone to support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which allows the Red Cross to help when help in needed.”
The money will be used to meet disaster victims needs for food, shelter, counseling and other services.
A record number of tornadoes, flooding in the Midwest, an early wildfires season and an active hurricane season has contributed to the depletion of The National Disaster Relief Fund. The Disaster Relief Fund gives the Red Cross and volunteers the chance to help victims in disaster stricken areas.
In a recently launched national campaign, the Red Cross said is trying to raise $100 million.
This year the high number of disasters has outpaced the costs and contributions needed for providing relief to disaster victims.
“The Red Cross has taken every step to make our operations as cost-effective as possible,” said Eric Byrd, chairman of the Scotland County board. “We have consolidated back-office operations, are relying heavily on local volunteers and partners and have received strong logistical and commodity support from FEMA and other agencies.”
Lentz said that the Red Cross has thousands of disaster workers on the ground helping victims affected by recent storms.
The Scotland County Chapter recently sent two volunteers to help with relief operations in Texas after the devastation caused by Hurricane Ike. The local chapter offers training to anyone who would like to help in the affected areas.
For information, call the Red Cross at (910) 276-0600 or (910) 738-5057, or visit the Web site at www.robesoncountyarc.org/.