The Issue: Home Fires Displace Families
The American Red Cross of the Columbia Region responds to a disaster approximately every eight hours. The most frequent disaster it responds to is home fires. After fires, survivors are left with possessions that are charred or coated with ash, and they often cannot return to their homes for weeks.
The Campaign: Fund Necessities for Survivors of Home Fires
If this Grassroots campaign raises $200, then American Red Cross of the Columbia Region can fund three days' worth of clothing, food, and lodging for one survivor of a home fire. Each additional $200 raised will fund clothing, food, and lodging for another person. When the local fire department arrives at the scene of a fire, it determines if additional aid is necessary and calls the Red Cross. The organization's volunteers then work one-on-one with the homeowner to assess need and provide necessities and emotional support as necessary. Seven days later, the Red Cross follows up with a call to assess the family's recovery.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
American Red Cross of South Carolina
The American Red Cross of South Carolina is part of an international, politically neutral movement that has delivered humanitarian care since 1863. It provides relief to survivors of national and manmade disasters in the forms of shelter, food, clothing, medication, and counseling. The organization also works to prevent future emergencies, and prepares community members to respond to them when they occur.
In South Carolina, the Red Cross collects blood donations, provides resources for the armed forces, and hosts health and safety training programs for citizens, including lifeguard and CPR training. Its volunteers also provide physical and emotional aid to survivors of disasters such as fires.