This summer the local chapter of the American Red Cross has been busy, as fires have affected more than one Imperial Valley family.
We credit the Red Cross, under its new director, Syliva Preciado, for its efforts. While the services may have been there previously, Preciado is working hard to make sure the public knows the Red Cross will be there in times of need.
Recently there was a fire in rural El Centro in which a family of four lost everything. Preciado and a member of her staff were on scene quickly to provide water and electrolyte-filled drinks to both the firefighters working hard to put out the blaze and the family standing by watching the home go up in flames. Preciado sat with the family and offered to find temporary housing and provide shoes, clothing and food.
When you lose everything you own in a fire, it must be an overwhelming feeling and a family can be left wondering where to turn. Knowing immediately that the Red Cross is going to be on scene to offer aid is comforting. Knowing that the Red Cross has the ability to offer shelter, food and other necessities is more than comforting. What it means is people have a place to turn in what could be their darkest hour.