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Red Cross trying to boost local business involvement

The Colleton County chapter of the American Red Cross is trying to change the way people look at its mission by boosting its volunteer base and how it affects the county’s business bottom line.

Sharon Courtney, a volunteer with the county’s American Red Cross branch, is seeking more volunteers and businesses to join the local chapter. Currently, the local chapter has a countywide core group of four volunteers: this number needs to be substantially increased, she said.

“Two of us are fully trained on a disaster activation team, and we work in response crews of two. When you do the math about the numbers of fires and disasters that happen in Colleton County, we need more people,” she said.

Courtney recently concluded a 4-day volunteer training drive at Jericho United Methodist Church, which will be serving as a new non-emergency county shelter. “This is like in the ice storm, or if there was a fire in an apartment complex and we needed a lot of space for several different residents,” she said.

According to Courtney, Colleton County averages 30 house fires each year.

As for businesses in the area, the Red Cross partners with volunteer businesses in the community to help the victims of fires and disasters quickly get back on their feet. The Red Cross provides fire victims a debit card for food and clothing purchases. They also provide hotel stays and referrals to local businesses, like Goodwill.

“The Red Cross is a viable part of the business community because people need to be back to work and be productive to be a part of our community and local society,” said Courtney. “Business volunteers in our chapter provide victims of fire with a discount, or a certain amount of assistance. We need to find more businesses in our community willing to assist these victims.”

If you are interested in joining the Colleton County chapter of the American Red Cross, you can call Carl Statham at the American Red Cross Palmetto Service Center in Bluffton at 843-757-7437. Businesses interested in joining the Red Cross can also call Statham for more information.

American Red Cross encourages donors to make a blood donation before the holiday season

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make a point to give blood before the busy holiday season arrives.

Blood donations often decline between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day as people become busy with holiday festivities. Donors are needed in the weeks leading up to the winter holidays to help prevent these seasonal declines. Donors of all blood types, and especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative, are needed now to help maintain a stable blood supply.

Donors may also visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to learn more about the donation process and to make an appointment.

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