Red Cross helping 37 after multiple fires

Red Cross helping 37 after multiple fires

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - Thirty-seven people across our area are spending their holiday rebuilding their lives after their homes caught fire.

Since Dec. 19, the Red Cross has been assisting folks in Chatham, Bulloch, Glynn and Camden Counties.

One family of seven says they lost everything after something was left on the stove - but this was just one of many families keeping first responders busy.

In just the last couple of days, calls have been coming in right and left - from dryer fires, to garage and kitchen fires - and firefighters say despite fluctuating temperatures and the holidays approaching, it's hard to say why there have been so many.

"There's nothing that would really tie all of them together," said Mark Keller, Savannah Fire.

However, there is one thing they all have in common. Whether it was a total loss or repairable damage, the American Red Cross of Coastal Georgia is doing what they can to help.

"Money on a card that you and I carry in our wallets, like a credit card, and they are able to take that card and can go buy things at a Walmart, a Target," said Esther Sheppard, Executive Director of Red Cross of Coastal Georgia.

That money is to cover the essentials, but when families - like this one - lose everything just days before Christmas, the Red Cross says they depend on the community to reach out.

"We do receive phone calls when the news media runs that a family has been displaced because of a fire," Sheppard said.

Even though the Red Cross only accepts monetary and blood donations, they won't turn a donor away who wants to help a specific family in need.

"What we typically do is link the family up with those donors, and we let them know that someone has things for them or wants to donate to them, and so the Red Cross sort steps out of the picture and we let them work those things out," Sheppard said.

In fact, one donor has already helped a family with getting a new television.

Click here for information on how you can help the Red Cross.

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