The Red Cross needs volunteers after multiple recent emergencies

Posted at 10:00 PM, Aug 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-22 23:16:39-04

When disaster strikes, The Red Cross is there to help.

"I don't even ever want to go by that building again," explained Jackie Dirksen.

Dirksen is one of more than 40 residents who use to call Embers Apartments in Sheboygan home. Now, many of them have no place to go after the complex caught fire Sunday morning, leaving one person dead.

"We were shipped here on this bus in shock, put into these loving hands of these volunteers, and it was amazing," said Dirksen.

35 American Red Cross volunteers are working around the clock to help those who lost everything in the apartment fire. Almost 50 local volunteers are in Louisiana assisting with flooding victims, close to 10 are in California helping with the wildfires. The Red Cross is in need of some help of its own.

"Right now it's a little bit more urgent because we have so many things happening," said Patty Flowers, American Red Cross, Wisconsin Regional CEO.

They're asking for people to volunteer their time, donate blood, and give money.

"We're stretched, we've got a lot of people working, that's for sure," explained Flowers.

Their hard work isn't going un-noticed.

"I can't imagine not having lost my mind it hadn't been for them. I don't know what I would have done if it hadn't been for the Red Cross I really don't," said Dirksen.

The Red Cross is organizing a Multi-Agency Relief Center Tuesday between 10am-4pm at Farnsworth Middle School.

Learn more about helping The Red Cross here.