Red Cross, citizens pitch in to fight fire - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Red Cross, citizens pitch in to fight fire

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Albany cheerleading team could be on reality show

    Albany cheerleading team could be on reality show

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:42 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:42:06 GMT
    Dr. Latonya Peterson, Assistant CoachDr. Latonya Peterson, Assistant Coach
    An Albany cheerleading team could be featured on a reality show. More than 50 girls tried out to join the two time national champion Albany Elite “Tiger Paws.”More >>
    An Albany cheerleading team could be featured on a reality show. More than 50 girls tried out to join the two time national champion Albany Elite “Tiger Paws.”More >>
  • Veterans to learn about benefits at American Legion event

    Veterans to learn about benefits at American Legion event

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:34:18 GMT
    William D. Simmons, American Legion 2nd District CommanderWilliam D. Simmons, American Legion 2nd District Commander
    American Legion leaders are preparing for an event to help South Georgia veterans learn more about the benefits they earned. More >>
    American Legion leaders are preparing for an event to help South Georgia veterans learn more about the benefits they earned. More >>
  • MCLB hosts education summit

    MCLB hosts education summit

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:26 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:26:53 GMT
    Latreesa Perryman, MCLB School Liaison Latreesa Perryman, MCLB School Liaison
    Military families got to ask questions about the best education choices for their children .Superintendents and other officials from public, private, home school, and online institutions in Dougherty, Lee, and Worth Counties attended Wednesday night’s Military Child Education Summit at the Marine Corps Logistics Base.More >>
    Military families got to ask questions about the best education choices for their children .Superintendents and other officials from public, private, home school, and online institutions in Dougherty, Lee, and Worth Counties attended Wednesday night’s Military Child Education Summit at the Marine Corps Logistics Base.More >>

 April 17, 2007


Waycross --   The Ware County fire already destroyed several homes and severely damaged others. Many people forced to evacuate yesterday have not been allowed back into those blocked off areas.  They have no idea whether their property was damaged.      

Help is on the way for them. The Red Cross set up at the Ware County evacuee center and other shelters in the area.  

They'll begin helping people whose homes are damaged as soon as they find out about any property destruction. "We sit down with them and help them assess their needs and that could be anything from clothing to medicine and medical supplies," said Red Cross Emergency Services Director Rita Brookshire.  

They say they'll also offer hotel vouchers and debit cards to help them get back on their feet.

Many citizens not directly affected by the fire are helping those who are. South Georgia businesses and churches donated meals for those displaced by the fire and food and water for the men and women working around the clock to put it out.  Many dropped off groceries to relief points as they got off work, looking to offer any relief for those working long hours.  

Volunteer Coordinators say the donations began to pour in as soon as the fire started, and the situation would be worse if people hadn't pitched in. "It would be horrible," said Volunteer Coordinator Tammy Brown.  "The guys would be passing out, probably in the hospital.  It would be really bad.  If it wasn't for all the water, it's just amazing.  This is nothing compared to what we've gotten since this morning."

They expect almost 200 volunteers to donate their time, and it will continue to be needed as more firefighters respond to Ware County over the next few days.

Feedback: news@walb.com?subject=WaycrossHelpTue/AE