Recent House fires in South Georgia keeping Red Cross busy
The house at 218 2nd Avenue in Valdosta that caught fire Wednesday night
A Red Cross bag in the display case at the Red Cross off in Valdosta
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -
Recent house fires in South Georgia adding up for the South Georgia chapter of the Red Cross.
"We had three back to back situations, two in Moultrie and one here. An in a 12 hour period, over $4,000 was issued in direct financial assistance," explained Terri Jenkins, Executive Director of the South Georgia chapter of the Red Cross.
Most recently, the Chapter helped the family who lived in a home on second street in Valdosta, after it caught fire Wednesday night.
"There was a mother and seven children, ages one through 21 living at the house," said Valdosta City Fire Marshal John Wisenbaker.
The Red Cross provided the family with food, clothes and a temporary hotel stay. Jenkins says even though it means they're continuing to spend their resources, it doesn't mean that the Red Cross isn't prepared for future disasters.
"There will really never be a time where we can't assist," said Jenkins.
The Valdosta Fire Department doesn't have the resources to help families after a fire, which makes the Red Cross even more important.
"They're a valuable asset because, like you say, we really don't have the provisions to do anything with those people, to house them. And they need housing, a lot of times they need it immediately and it's just invaluable," Wisenbaker pointed out.
A big part of what makes the Red Cross so valuable is the support it gets from volunteers and donations. Something Jenkins says they always need.