American Red Cross Kicks Off Heroes Campaign

By: April Davis/ Lynnette Taylor
By: April Davis/ Lynnette Taylor

Families who survive disasters turn to the American Red Cross for help. Tuesday it's asking for the public's help.

The Red Cross of Pitt County, held its Heroes for the American Red Cross kickoff in Greenville Tuesday. Families who received assistance from the Red Cross, spoke about how volunteers came to their aid. The Simmons family from Stokes lost everything in a house fire last year. They say the Red Cross made sure they got back on their feet.

Summer Woodard, the executive director in Pitt County says it takes about $1200 to help a family of 4 affected by a fire.

"We are mandated by the federal government to respond to every disaster, but they don't fund that response. So the funding comes from the public- events like this and our heroes campaign,"
said Woodard

The American Red Cross eastern chapter took care of 320 individuals last year affected by fires.

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 29, 2012 at 06:27 AM
    The Red Cross always says they are broke; always raising money; do they spend it anywhere. People give them blood for free- they sell it back to you at $300 a pint; where does the money go. Try asking them for their annual statement; try asking for their international organization's annual statement; Good Luck! There are some rich families in Switzerland from the Red Cross- billionaires.

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