BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge American Red Cross often has a big presence when tragedy strikes. Volunteers had a busy day Tuesday, offering help to 25 people in less than 24 hours.
Red Cross volunteers worked until 3:30 Wednesday morning to help nine adults after a Tuesday night fire at 952 Terrace Avenue. Based on their needs, the residents received shelter, food, clothing, blankets, personal care items and other support.
Sandy Joslyn, a volunteer, received a call from her son whose third story apartment was destroyed during the Denham Springs fire.
"Mom, come help me. You're the Red Cross," said Sandy's son.
"I could hear the panic in his voice," said Sandy, who also has a degree in disaster science and management.
The fire destroyed the 12-unit Denham Springs apartment building, including her son's third-story unit he moved into less than a month ago. Sandy and the additional Red Cross volunteers who joined her later provided assistance to 15 residents, including three children.
"My Red Cross training prepared me for that phone call because I could do something to help," Sandy said. "I even pondered in my mind if this is why I was created -- to save my son's heart."
Less than an hour later, the Red Cross received another call of a single family house fire, again in Denham Springs. Other Red Cross volunteers aided the adult who lived there.
The Red Cross depends on the power of volunteers and the generous support of residents to be ready to respond and help our neighbors who are affected by disasters like home fires. You can help provide critical relief by making a tax-deductible donation today. To make a financial donation or join the Red Cross team as a volunteer, please visit redcross.org or call 225-291-4533.