5 regional Red Cross volunteers deployed to California wildfires

RAPID CITY, S.D. – As wildfires continue to tear through California, North and South Dakotans are being called to help the injured and displaced.

The American Red Cross of the Dakotas has sent five volunteers to assist in relief efforts at the Camp Fire and the Woolsey Fire in California.

Becky Eisenbraun, of Hill City, and Denise Parker, of Lead, left the Rapid City headquarters for Sacramento on Wednesday.

The pair will join two other Red Cross members at the Camp Fire, while a single volunteer will lend support at the Woolsey Fire.

Each service member will create shelters and provide food, water and emotional support for the victims of the fires.

Eisenbraun aided evacuees following hurricanes Harvey and Michael. She said that her main purpose is to console victims throughout each disaster.

“It’s a feel-good. It makes me forget about myself for a while,” Eisenbraun said. “My smile or my kindness might be something that gets someone through one of the worst days of their life.”

There are currently over 600 American Red Cross volunteers assisting relief efforts throughout California.

If you’d like to help those affected by the wildfires, you can visit RedCross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text “CAWILDFIRES” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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