United Way and American Red Cross visit SIS

American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization, which is completely funded through donations. It was originally founded in 1881, by Clara Barton and a group of acquaintances. The Big Country Branch of the American Red Cross, located in Abilene, is part of the Nolan County United Way. Tim Cox, American Red Cross representative, spoke to the teachers at Sweetwater Intermediate School. According to Cox, the main focus of the American Red Cross is preparedness. Winter months tend to see an increase in house fires. Many of those fires occur in older houses. All funding is provided through communities and their donations. Even though the American Red Cross is chartered by the government, no funding is received from the government. The government requires the American Red Cross to perform certain duties and serve a certain purpose. Their goal is to ensure nationwide disaster planning, preparedness, community disaster education, mitigation and response that will provide the community with quality services. American Red Cross provides shelter teams, training and volunteers where assistance is needed. Their assistance can range from providing food to a hotel stay, when a family experiences a house fire. For more information on how to help the American Red Cross visit their Web site or contact the local office at 325-677-2622. The Big Country Region Branch is located in Abilene, at 1610 N. 2nd.