THE RECORD HURRICANE SEASON TAKING ANOTHER KIND OF TOLL ON THE RED CROSS.
THEIR TRADITIONAL MISSION TO HELP OUT MILITARY FAMILIES IS RUNNING INTO A ROAD BLOCK.
THERE ARE AT LEAST FOUR THOUSAND FAMILIES IN NORTH FLORIDA WITH A LOVED SERVING OVERSEAS WITH THE MILITARY.
THE AMERICAN RED CROSS SAYS, IT'S NOT ALWAYS EASY TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THOSE SOLDIERS.
AND, THAT'S WHERE THE AGENCY STEPS IN.
CHRIS FLOYD/CAPITAL AREA RED CROSS
"The other important mission the
Red Cross has is to support families and servicemen overseas and the activity is heightened over the holidays."
THAT MISSION IS CALLED, THE ARMED FORCES EMERGENCY SERVICES WHICH PROVIDES A VITAL COMMUNICATION LINK BETWEEN THE FAMILIES AND THEIR SOLDIERS.
LARRY OCHALEK/RED CROSS, MILITARY SERVICES VOLUNTEER
"It gives you a good feeling inside, especially at this time of year when you can reach out to help a family, help a serviceman for all the things they do for us."
BUT, WITH TWO DEVASTATING HURRICANE SEASONS, THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN SOMEWHAT OVER SHADOWED. THERE ARE ONLY 7 VOLUNTEERS RIGHT NOW...THE CHAPTER NEEDS AT LEAST 15.
"We really need organizations or individuals who are willing to step forward and be one of our nightly duty workers."
MILITARY SERVICES VOLUNTEERS WORK ON AN ON CALL BASIS,
WHETHER IT'S TO SHARE GOOD NEWS OR BAD NEWS...
OR EVEN HELP WITH MONETARY LOANS, THAT LINK
IS JUST ONE WAY VOLUNTEERS SAY THEY CAN GIVE BACK.
IF YOU'D LIKE TO FIND OUT MORE ON HOW YOU CAN HELP, YOU CAN FIND THE RED CROSS LINK ON OUR WEBSITE AT WCTV6.COM.