Triangle Red Cross in need of donations due to increase in fires


In November, the organization says the number of fires was up 59 percent over last year, and the last few weeks saw many fires as well.

"From the North Carolina line with Vance, Person, Granville counties down to the Harnett County areas, Orange County," said Triangle Red Cross Regional Executive Barry Porter. "On average, we see about three families a day."

Porter says the Red Cross is front and center behind the devastated scenes.

"Go stand beside those families and say, 'How can we help you with food, new clothing, groceries. What about an overnight stay,'" said Porter.

However, lately offering that help is more difficult.

"If you go back to Thanksgiving -- November and December -- we've seen over 170 families lose their homes to fires in the Triangle," said Porter.

That's more food and more shelter, which means more money drained from the nonprofit agency's budget.

"We as an organization nationwide always respond to disasters sometimes when we don't even have the funds," said Porter.

That's why Porter is appealing for more people in the Triangle to volunteer and donate to the Red Cross.

"Financial gifts to the Red Cross, which gets no money from the government, is always an important task whether it's the end of the giving year or the beginning of a new year," said Porter.

For more details, on how to donate to the Red Cross, click here.

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