The American Red Cross is in the business of helping others, but the Owensboro chapter now finds itself asking for help. Community Executive Malissa Troutman says disaster relief funds were depleted after assisting victims of last weekend's apartment fire in Calhoun.
"When it's cold outside, assisting families costs more. There are winter coats, shoes, and everything else that must be replaced. We also had some healthcare needs that we met, replacing some medications and other things to meet those families' needs.
Troutman says the fire was the biggest disaster the Owensboro Red Cross responded to in 2013. The local chapter needs at least $10,000 to assist with future disasters.
"Everyone's situation is unique," adds Troutman. "The donor who gives $1 and the donor who gives $10,000 or $100,000 are equally important."
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