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New Red Cross group established for Curry, Roosevelt

 

November 4, 2018



After a year-and-a-half absence, a new group of Red Cross volunteers has been established for Curry and Roosevelt Counties.

Team Captain Sam Bernal said since February the Red Cross has responded to five fires in the area and provided assistance in the form of a debit card used to pay for hotel rooms, food, clothing and other immediate needs, with the amount received based on the number of family members and ages of children.

Bernal said the local Red Cross group has 12 volunteers including himself who are all civilian employees or active-duty personnel stationed at Cannon Air Force Base.

He said the previous volunteers were either deployed or transferred to a different base, hence the 18-month gap in coverage when eastern New Mexico was relying upon Red Cross volunteers from either Albuquerque or Roswell.

Bernal said funding for the services comes from donations to the Red Cross, with each region allotted money from the national organization.

In the case of flooding or a fire, he said the local emergency management office will contact the Red Cross’ regional center in Albuquerque, which will then mobilize the local volunteers to respond.

Bernal said in the case of major emergencies like an earthquake or tornado, the Red Cross will have the capability to establish shelters or bring in trucks with food, water and clothing.

The group has office space on the second floor of the Matt 25 Hope Center, 1200 N. Thornton, but Bernal said it is only staffed during emergencies.

Bernal said he has a personal interest in helping the Red Cross because the organization notified him of his father’s impending passing when he was stationed in Germany. He and the other volunteers also wanted to find a way to give back to the community, which he said is so supportive of Cannon.

“Everybody that has volunteered with me ... we’re all interested in serving the community. It’s our way of giving back to the community,” Bernal said.

 

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