GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Red Cross volunteers provided assistance and relief to three Georgetown families, a total of 20 people over the Labor Day weekend.
Before the holiday weekend, 35 other Georgetown residents were affected by fire in the past two weeks, also receiving aid from Red Cross volunteers.
After a fire, the Red Cross volunteers provide immediate emergency needs, making sure that each displaced resident has lodging, meals and clothing. In addition, the Red Cross can provide mental health crisis counseling to those in need, as well as assistance in developing a recovery plan to get the family back to pre-disaster conditions as quickly as possible.
Red Cross case workers are available to work with the families for up to 120 days.
"I am over whelmed with the number of Georgetown residents who have suffered the devastation of a home fire in the past month. Red Cross support of forty-five Georgetown residents in such a short time frame is staggering and draining our resources. Last year at this time we had provided for the immediate needs of 10 Georgetown residents who lost their homes to fire. This year we have served almost five times as many. The Red Cross depends on the generosity of the community – local donations in support of local services," stated Nanci Conley, executive director of the Coastal South Carolina Chapter.
For information about your local Red Cross, serving clients in Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties, or to make a donation, call 477-0020 or visit the Red Cross's website.