The Red Cross helped about 60 people in 2 months
Tue, 07 Jan 2014 00:52:32 GMT —
The recent fires around the panhandle have kept the fire departments busy, but also the American Red Cross.
It was a rough holiday season for the families that were affected.
"The holiday season is supposed to be one of relaxation and spending time with family, just really sitting back and enjoying that. And for somebody who loses their house to a fire, that's just not possible," said Steve Pair, director of the panhandle chapter of the Red Cross.
Pair said the Red Cross helped about 60 people during the months of November and December.
The panhandle chapter has about 150 volunteers that help provide shelter and food for the families that are displaced.
"When we call the volunteers and say 'hey, we have a family that needs your help,' they don't hesitate for a second to get up, regardless of how warm it is or what the weather conditions are like," Pair said.
Brady Christian has been volunteering for three years. He admits it's sometimes difficult when he gets a call in the middle of the night, especially when winter weather arrives.
"To be honest, when you first get that call, the thought really is 'man, I'm home, I'm warm, I'm safe.' And then you answer it because there's somebody out there who's cold and tired and they're not safe. They need the Red Cross and tonight, that's me," Christian said.
Christian helps train people for both the physical tasks as well as the emotional aspect of volunteering.
He said hearing and seeing the gratefulness of the families is rewarding.
"It's the most rewarding job you'll never get paid for," Christian said.