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WECT Gives Back: Remembering the Red Cross

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The Red Cross provides clothing and food for the families burned out of their homes. The Red Cross provides clothing and food for the families burned out of their homes.
Last year, The Cape Fear Chapter responded to 161 fires in Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover and Pender counties and provided  for 508 affected residents. Last year, The Cape Fear Chapter responded to 161 fires in Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover and Pender counties and provided for 508 affected residents.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT)- It's the time of year for giving, a time to help those less fortunate during the holiday season.

Many charity organizations will see an outpouring of support with donated toys, bikes, and food.

But one organization tends to take a back seat to donors during the holiday season.

Vicki LaBelle, CEO of the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross says people have a tendency to forget volunteers are in operation 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.

She adds this time of year, their services are in high demand.

"As the weather gets colder we tend to see people use their heat more and we see an increase in home fires," LaBelle says.

Last year, The Cape Fear Chapter responded to 161 fires in Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover and Pender counties and provided  for 508 affected residents.

The Red Cross provides clothing and food for the families burned out of their homes.

The American Red Cross does not accept clothing or food donations, rather the charity takes monetary donations to help pay for the cost of housing and feeding families.

LaBelle says, though, there's another way to help that won't cost you a dime.

"People can volunteer by donating their time. We have volunteers of all ages. And we have an opportunity that's just right for just about everyone."

LaBelle adds blood donations are always needed and that's one way you can give this holiday season.

If you like to donate to the American Red Cross or sign up to volunteer, click here.

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