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Give to the Red Cross because ‘Red Cross is there for everyone’

The Red Cross needs and deserves our help.

People displaced by a fire – like the unfortunate souls recently in Duluth, Minnesota – are lucky when the Red Cross turns on gear and does what it does.

Consider the more than 3,500 U.S. fire victims in 2019. Also consider that the U.S. Fire Department said residents in 24 states and the District of Columbia had a higher risk of dying in a fire in 2019 than the general population in the United States.

Now consider this: Red Cross volunteers rose to the occasion by reaching the site of the Duluth fire last Friday and turned their immediate attention to the people.

“The Red Cross is there for everyone. And I often joke that there is only [two] criteria that you must meet: Are you a human being? And do you have a need that we can help with? And if the answer is yes, then we are there, ”said volunteer Tim Kratz on the spot.

Simple and uncomplicated, right?

But are you thinking about what the Red Cross needs? Do you deliver?

Are you considering volunteers like Mr. Kratz and Joel Huenemann in Duluth or in Your City, USA?

Sir. Huenemann said the Red Cross desperately needs volunteers “for office work or to go out at 2 o’clock at night to help people after a fire.”

And just like Smokey Bear, the Red Cross also provides – make that donate – fire prevention tools by supplying and installing smoke detectors. These fire alarms are really useful at any time of the year and are special at this time of year when our home often houses family and friends for the holidays and we light candles, connect space heaters and experiment with deep frying turkeys.

Holiday fires are not necessarily worse than fires at other times. Deadly fires are deadly fires. During the holiday season, however, parents and survivors are forced to turn from partying to lamentation after a fire.

Of course, the Red Cross is considering whether emotional care is needed, and that adds volunteers to the Red Cross’ to-do list.

That and much, much more weighs on the hearts and minds of a family and their friends in East Baltimore, where a house fire killed one mother and two of her children and injured six others on Monday. The family spent the night in the house.

If you have never leaned on the Red Cross to help you or your family in an emergency, be grateful and give.

The Red Cross needs blood and platelet donations for trauma victims, cancer patients and others in need of transfusions. It also needs financial donations.

If you have a loved one who was addicted to the Red Cross after a traumatic event to repel emotional demons, be thankful and give.

On its website, the Red Cross provides tips for fires, storms and other disasters; sells a variety of first aid kits; and offers info on emergency housing and social services.

The Red Cross shows up to help, even when the government’s first aiders have left the place.

Say thank you to them and give them. Red Cross volunteers are responsive angels.

• Deborah Simmons can be contacted at dsimmons@washingtontimes.com.

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