In Talladega County alone, the Red Cross has assisted 50 distressed families and 128 family members since July of last year. Volunteers provided blankets, clothing, food, shelter and emotional support to victims of fires, floods, storms and all manner of human tragedy.
As we count our blessings in not needing the Red Cross’s services after last weekend’s storms, we are reminded also that the Talladega County chapter of the Red Cross is seeking to raise $15,000 over the next few weeks.
The Red Cross will designate volunteers who raise $1,000 as heroes; those who raise $2,500 will be superheroes.
The money will help cover the cost of materials for the chapter’s disaster relief efforts and for health and safety classes, including lifeguard and babysitting training as well as disaster assistance training.
Team leaders have volunteered in just about every community in the county: Deborah Thornton, Sylacauga; Deonne Clark, Munford; Mack Ferguson, Talladega; Roben Duncan, Lincoln; and Nicki Bryant, Childersburg and Fayetteville. These people are already heroes, and everyone who benefits from Red Cross services is indebted to them.
If you’d like to join the ranks of genuine heroes, contact the team leader in your community to learn how you can help.