American Red Cross starts new program

By Karrie Leggett

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -  The holiday season is upon us and that means, Christmas lights, decorations and house fires.

Now, Communications and Development Officer, Samantha McCain says the American Red Cross has formed "Friend a Fire Family" to help those families affected by house fires.

"It is a program where community organizations and people in the community can ban together and donate $1200  to the red cross in the name of a fire family. That $1200 does go to the immediate need. Whether it is shelter, food, clothing and the emotional support that we do provide," said McCain.

Dorothy Sweatt, American Red Cross Volunteer, says this program will help fill several needs for families.

"I think we are filling a void. It is emotional support as well as the tangible items that we can give," said Sweatt.

Carolyn Hathorn, American Red Cross Volunteer,  says she is also a part of "Friend a Fire Family" because she knows first hand how it feels to be affected by a fire.

"This is important to me because I can remember when there was a fire in my house in 1992, and people came to my rescue. They were so great. I  said I was going to try to give back to what was giving to me," said Hathorn.

"Friend of Fire Family" will end December 31st.