California wildfire victims helped by Western Maryland Chapter of American Red Cross

Maryland

Although the fires in California continue to burn, help continues to arrive from across the country.

According to Eric Anderson, executive director of the Western Maryland Chapter of the American Red Cross, approximately a dozen people from the region have deployed to help the victims of the wildfires in California.

Anderson said that help is always needed, and monetary donations are always in high-demand.

Donating money allows for people to purchase the exact items that they need. Additionally, blood donations are needed in times of disaster — This is for several reasons.

First, when diaster strikes, blood supplies are transferred from other regions to the affected location. This puts a strain on a blood-donation supply that is already low across the board. 

Second, any blood drives that were scheduled in the affected area have to be canceled — a drive can not be held in an area that may not have electricity or has been evacuated. Also, schools or other locations that drives are often held in, may be used for shelters instead.

Those factors and others lead to blood donations from across the country being vital in disaster situations.

By texting ‘CA WILDFIRES’ TO 90999, you can make a 10 dollar donation to the American Red Cross

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