Red Cross volunteers help restore lives of displaced residents

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Red Cross volunteers help restore lives of displaced residents (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) Red Cross volunteers work every day to help the lives of people in distress. Since Sunday, they helped restore the lives of 18 families in South Salt Lake who were victims of an accidental apartment fire.

“A lot of these are refugees,” said veteran and volunteer Tina Spencer. “It’s very fulfilling to be able to talk to them. I love working with the Red Cross. I’m a volunteer. I don’t get paid. But I love it. It’s great to be able to help others.”

Santi Mishra and his family were among the most severely affected by Sunday’s fire.

“It’s bad and it’s scary to get displaced from the place you are, where you live. It disturbs, you know. We are very scared,” Mishra said. “It’s a mixed emotion. Since we got help, they saved us. That’s good, we are happy. But we are out from the apartment living. We are a little sad.”

Spokesperson Rich Woodruff said situations like these make it clear how important the Red Cross’ volunteers are.

“We function by the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors,” he said. “This past week has been almost unprecedented. Donations are really important so we help the community prepare for, respond to, and recover from fires like these.”

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