Valdosta - The American Red Cross needs your help to continue its services.
Valdosta's Red Cross chapter has seen a significant decrease in its budget this year. Over the past 5 years, its service area has increased from two to five counties, but its income has been reduced.
One receptionist position has been eliminated, and its having to cut many of its services. "We help 30 to 40 families who've lost their homes to fire each year," said Bonnie Pfiester. "If our budget continues to decrease, we may have to start turning away some families or not giving them as much help as they need."
Red Cross officials say you can help improve their budget by participating in local fundraisers and donating your time as a disaster volunteer. Valdosta's Red Cross chapter services Lowndes, Clinch, Brooks, Lanier, and Echols counties.